California Lemon Laws for Used Cars FAQs

Find Out if California Lemon Laws for Used Cars Apply to Your Case

A car eligible for a California lemon law buybackThere are many benefits associated with purchasing a used car. They are more affordable and come with lower insurance rates. However, used cars also come with their share of difficulties. They break down more often than new cars. As a used car owner, having your car break down is devastating. However, you are not without hope. California lemon laws for used cars may provide you with a legal remedy. In many cases, you could receive a replacement or refund if your used car qualifies as a lemon.

At Kostas Law Firm, our California lemon law attorney can help you with your used car lemon law claim. Attorney Jim Kostas has over three decades of experience helping people obtain favorable settlements. He understands the importance of asserting your legal rights during the California lemon law process. He has provided you with answers to the following list of frequently asked questions

You can use this information to improve your knowledge of lemon laws in California. If you have additional questions, then please contact our firm immediately for a free consultation.

California Lemon Laws for Used Cars Frequently Asked Questions

Does My Used Car Qualify as a Lemon Under California Lemon Law?

If your used car meets the following qualifications, then it qualifies as a lemon under California lemon law. 

  • You purchased the used car from a retailer and not a private individual
  • There is an active warranty on your used car (original manufacturer’s warranty or extended warranty provided by the retailer)
  • The used car has a substantial defect
  • You have spent an excessive amount of time having your used car repaired
  • The attempts to have your used car repaired have been unsuccessful

California lemon law is much less specific when it comes to used cars. You should consult with a California lemon law attorney to ensure your used car qualifies as a lemon. You can conduct a quick Google search to find an attorney in your area. Look for attorneys that have a strong case record and a client testimonials pageBack to the Top

What Are the Signs of a Defective Used Car?

The statute of limitations for filing a California lemon law claim is four years. The majority of people have no trouble meeting this deadline. However, California lemon law requires you to submit your vehicle for repairs within the warranty period. Many people have their lemon law claims rejected because they waited too long to repair their vehicle. 

If you purchased a used car, then your warranty may already be close to its expiration date. You should look out for the following signs of a defective used car. 

  • Overheated engine
  • Electrical problems
  • Brake problems
  • Transmission problems
  • Exhaust system problems
  • Faulty ignition system 
  • Issues with the fuel delivery system
  • Broken speedometer or gauges
  • Fluid leaks 
  • Steering or alignment issues
  • Defective seat belts
  • Broken car windows or locks

Defects that impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle are covered under California lemon law. An experienced attorney can help you assess whether your used car qualifies as a lemon. Reach out to Attorney Jim Kostas today to schedule a free consultation. Back to the Top

What Steps Should I Take After Discovering My Used Car Is a Lemon?

Have you purchased a used car in California? The State of California has some of the strongest lemon laws in the nation. Complete the following steps if the warranty for your used car remains active. 

  • Take your vehicle to an authorized dealership for repair 
  • Receive a copy of the automotive work order 
  • If repairs are not completed quickly, then contact a lemon law attorney 

At Kostas Law Firm, we take lemon law cases in Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale. Attorney Jim Kostas works on a contingency fee basis. He does not get paid unless your case is successful. Do not let a fear of paying attorney fees keep you from recovering compensation for your defective used car. Back to the Top

How Do I Determine the Value of My Used Car?

There is often confusion surrounding California lemon laws for used cars. Alternatively, there is no such confusion surrounding lemon laws for new vehicle purchases. California law is much more specific in that regard. For example, a vehicle manufacturer must fix your car within a reasonable amount of repair attempts. If your car repairs cannot be made, then the manufacturer has two options.

  • Provide you with a replacement vehicle
  • Fully refund your purchase minus the amount of use your vehicle received before you discovered the defect 

With new vehicle purchases, California law provides a formula you can use to calculate the amount of your refund. A formula for used car purchases does not exist, making it harder for you to calculate the amount of your refund. You and the other parties involved must negotiate an appropriate amount. 

A California lemon law attorney is useful in these scenarios. Attorney Jim Kostas has decades of experience handling lemon law claims. He can use the knowledge he has gained to help you determine the value of your used car refund. He can also help you negotiate with the other parties involved in your lemon law claim.
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Can You Explain California’s “At Retail” Provision?

Have you purchased a used car from your neighbor? Did the used car come with an unexpired warranty? You may assume that California lemon law covers your vehicle. However, you may have assumed incorrectly. California lemon law applies solely to vehicles purchased “at retail.” The law excludes vehicles purchased through a private party. If your car has a defect, then you may not have the option of filing a lemon law claim. 

If you purchased a vehicle under warranty from a private party, then you should give our office a call. Attorney Jim Kostas understands California lemon laws for used cars. He can offer you sound advice and help you review your legal options.
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Contact a California Lemon Law Attorney

Have you purchased a used car in California? Did it break down within weeks of the purchase date? If so, then California lemon laws for used cars may apply to your case. Consult with a California lemon law attorney to find out. 

Contact Kostas Law Firm today at (661) 206-2629 for a free consultation. You can also fill out the online submission form on our website. Attorney Jim Kostas provides legal services to people in Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale. Reach out to him if you are having trouble with your defective vehicle.