Do Used Car Lemon Laws Exist?

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Does the Lemon Law Apply to Used Cars?

Used cars are more likely to be coined a "lemon," but US federal laws only cover new car purchases. There is a large exception to this rule. If the dealer provides a written warranty along with the used model, then some states will apply the Lemon Law and cover the vehicle. Let's look at what the Lemon Law is and how it applies to car buyers in Colorado. Find out how to get the protection you deserve.

New Car Lemon Laws

About 1% of new cars are considered lemons. These vehicles have repeatable and unfixable problems. To combat the problem, states enacted lemon law protection to help the consumer get rid of their defective car. To take advantage of these laws, you must understand what qualifies the vehicle as a lemon and how to file for relief. The car must have a substantial defect that is covered by the warranty and hasn't been repaired despite numerous attempts to try.

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Used Car Lemon Laws

New car lemon laws are enacted in every state throughout the country to protect new car shoppers from a poor investment beneath the surface. In some states, used car buyers are also protected, but, unfortunately, Colorado isn't one of those states. As of now, only 6 states have provisions in place for used cars. These states are Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

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Used Car Buyers' Rights in Colorado

In Colorado, the new vehicle must have a manufacturer's warranty and defect that impairs the market value and ability to use it. Under this law, the vehicle must have undergone repair for the defect a minimum of four times. It also applies to any vehicle that has been out of service for a total of 30 or more business days during the warranty. Defects such as squeaks or rattles are not covered because these don't impact the market value. Also, any neglect, abuse or modifications void the protection. 

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Used Car Dealer Warranties

If you want protection while purchasing a used car, you want to find a dealer that offers a substantial used car warranty term. That's where the benefit of certified used cars comes in. With these vehicles, there is a special inspection given to ensure the integrity of the systems. In addition, these cars, trucks and SUVs come with a lengthy warranty policy that further guarantees you won't have trouble. While you might pay a little more for these vehicles, it's worth the cost to gain additional peace of mind. You also won't have to worry about whether you should buy a used car warranty or not, because it will be automatically included.

Buy Used Cars in Colorado at Phil Long Dealerships

When you purchase a used car from Phil Long Dealerships, you know you are getting the protection you deserve. Our vehicles are put through a rigorous inspection process and we won't sell a vehicle that we wouldn't drive ourselves. Our customer satisfaction further proves that our clients know we are the dealership to trust. If you haven't purchased a used car from us, now is the time to find out what makes us different.

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