In our previous articles, I’ve told you that California Lemon Law protects consumers who’ve purchased new or used cars that are still under a manufacturer’s warranty. But you might be wondering how the CA lemon law works for used cars without a warranty that turn out to be defective! Good question! Before you buy a car, read this to see if it’s worth spending on a car “as is”.
Understanding California Lemon Law for Used Cars with No Warranty
You have just bought a used vehicle! You saved big bucks, and you feel absolutely happy about your new purchase. In fact, most “as is” vehicles operate just fine for a long time after purchase. However, if your newly purchased used car turns out to be defective (we hope it won’t happen to you), the seller will tell you no one is responsible for the repair costs but you. No surprises here! “As is” vehicles aren’t under warranty!
Long story short, buying a used car with no warranty is risky. At the beginning, purchasing an “as is” vehicle may seem a fantastic deal, but you will end up spending more if it turns out to be a lemon.
So, think carefully before buying a car if you don’t want to end up with an investment that costs you more than you would like.
Do You Have Any Rights When Buying a Used Car “As-Is” with No Warranty?
The answer to the question above is both “No” and “Yes”. If the seller follows the necessary legal procedures when it comes to the sale of “as is” vehicles, he or she will not be held responsible for any problems, even if the car breaks down on your way home from the lot. However, just because you bought a vehicle “as is” doesn’t mean you are without legal rights. The thing is if you are purchasing a vehicle “as is” then the seller must attach a sign or label to the vehicle stating that:
· the vehicle is sold “as is.”
· the quality and performance of the vehicle is the buyer’s sole responsibility.
· if the vehicle exhibits a single or even many defects after purchase, the buyer is responsible for the cost of repairs.
Under the California Lemon Law, if the seller does not have this information displayed, it isn’t considered a proper “as-is” sale, and you may have a legal case that would help you get rid of your defective vehicle.
So, don’t believe the dealer if he or she tries to convince you that you have no legal rights.
Your Next Step!
If you think that the seller sold an “as is” vehicle without following necessary legal procedures, then dial (818) 553 -1000 right away for a free consultation to explore your legal options and get answers to your questions. Our lemon law attorneys at Margarian Law Firm have extensive experience in lemon law, so they know how to win cases.