By Judy Hale Reed, Esq., Associate Attorney, of Gusty Sunseri & Associates, P.C.
We often receive calls from very unhappy used car buyers about litigation. Unfortunately, the two legal protections for used car buyers are fraud and warranties. Fraud requires proving that the seller knew of defects in the car and actively lied to the buyer about those defects. The easy part is proving defects in a used car, but the hard part is proving that the seller knew about the defects and actively concealed them from the buyer. Warranties are a happier story . . . so long as the defects fall within the type of repair covered by the warranty, and during the time period covered by the warranty (for example 3 months or one year from the date of purchase).
Lemon law, unfortunately, only applies to newly purchased vehicles.
If you are interested in learning more about how the law may protect you after a used car purchase, please contact our law office to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania attorney regarding your rights and possible litigation.