If you are buying a used car in California you may be worried about your legal rights if anything goes wrong. As long as your used car was sold to you with a express, written warranty you are covered by the California Lemon Law. This is basically the seller or manufacturer’s written promise to repair or replace defective parts for a stated period of time.
In theory if you buy a used car in California you are legally entitled to have the defects repaired or a replacement given as long as you have the aforesaid warranty. However you could still be charged for use prior to the defect arising. This charge is not easy to calculate as there is no set formula as there is with new vehicles.
Have a look at this checklist to help you avoid buying a lemon and alas, if you do buy a defective used car, give yourself the greatest opportunity to recover the situation.
In the event of a disagreement always seek legal advice.