You do have legal and financial recourse if you buy a defective motorized vehicle such as a car, truck, boat, or motorcycle. Your state lemon law will offer you some consumer protection. It may allow you to recover your shipping, registration, and licensing costs, as well as your entire down payment, regardless if you paid cash or utilized an allowance from a trade-in vehicle.
They may be able to recover all of your monthly payments up to the date of the return of the defective car to the company, whether you purchased it on credit or leased it. This can also cover any upgrades, add-ons or accessories you installed after your purchase. Even your expenses related to the vehicle, such as repairs towing charges or lease expenses, could be refunded.
As a consumer you must always document your case, keeping copies of agreements, noting names of people you speak with, what was said, as well as when the conversation takes place. You should also keep a copy of your complaints, and make sure that they are written down. Explain in detail how difficult it is to deal with the trader for both maintenance and dependability issues, both of which you felt assured that you were getting. Any communication that is sent between consumer and trader/producer should be done by certified mail, and always with return receipt requested.
If you are in Southern California, be careful who you are dealing with when you look at pre-owned automobiles. Many dishonest dealers will say or do whatever they can to move a vehicle they know to be faulty. Since these folks have mastered ways of turning a dollar at this trade. Thus, they are all too willing to buy new “lemons” for pennies on the dollar from persons in Los Angeles unfortunate enough to end up with vehicles that fell apart once the warranty ended.
Car bargains advertisements can be found abundantly in the Sunday newspapers or when you search “used car Los Angeles” in your favorite search engine. You have an option of calling these used car dealer Los Angeles or just checking their ads. Most of them are even ready to visit you with these cars so that you can inspect them.
Given that the odds in buying a lemon car from a dealer versus a private owner is about the same, it just makes more sense to buy from the private owner. Among the many benefits of buying privately: avoidance of the used-car dealer’s deceptive sales tactics and saving a bundle since a used car in Los Angeles will cost a lot more at the dealer.