What Happens to a Vehicle after Its Declared a Lemon?

Lemon Law Attorney Serving Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino and Other Areas in California


If you have a vehicle that is deemed to be a "lemon," you have certain rights under the California Lemon Law. In most instances, the manufacturer buys the vehicle back from you and you receive a refund of your money. At this point, your lemon law claim is settled and you get to move on with your life.

But what happens to the vehicle? Are they taken to the scrap yard and crushed into junk? While that might seem like a reasonable outcome, it's not what actually happens. In most instances, these vehicles are sent to auction where a dealer purchases it and sells it on their lot as a used car.

Unfortunately, these dealers often don't disclose to customers that the vehicle they're purchasing was a lemon law buyback. While this would be the honorable and ethical thing to do, they're not required by law to disclose this information. It's also not guaranteed that you'll be able to uncover lemon law buyback information from services such as Carfax.

You should always be very careful when purchasing a used vehicle from a dealer, especially if it has very low mileage. Always ask whether it was a lemon law buyback. If the dealer lies to you when you ask this question point blank, it constitutes used car fraud, and you will have rights and protections under the law.

If you need assistance with a used car lemon law claim in the Los Angeles area, Howard Silver can help. Mr. Silver has more than 25 years of experience handling these cases, and he'll fight aggressively to protect your rights every step of the way.

Please contact the Law Office of Howard D. Silver using the form at the right side of the page or call (855) 341-22611 today to schedule your free used car lemon law consultation. Mr. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura Counties, and throughout California.