What Happens After a Vehicle is Deemed a Lemon?
New Jersey’s Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers of new cars from potential defects or reoccurring problems with the vehicle. If the owners of these vehicles can satisfy the requirements of the Lemon Law, they can get compensation from the manufacturer. In many cases, this takes the form of the manufacturer buying back the vehicle from the owner. This resolves the claim for the affected owner and they take their money and forget about the defective car.
But what happens to the car?
While you may naturally assume that these problem vehicles are scrapped for parts, that is not usually the case. Instead, the manufacturers send the buyback cars to auction where used car dealerships buy them at a reduced price. These cars then reappear on dealership lots marked as ‘used’.
While buy back cars are later marked ‘used,’ their lemon history is not usually disclosed. Dealers are not required by law to inform you if the car you are buying was subject to a lemon law claim. While car history services may be able to give you this information, there is no guarantee. This puts all consumers of used cars at risk of unknowingly purchasing a lemon.
Tips for Avoiding Lemon Buy-Backs
The best thing you can do to protect yourself from lemon buy back vehicles is to ask your dealer explicitly if the car you are considering has ever been involved in a lemon law claim and/or if it is a lemon buy-back vehicle. While the dealer is not required to volunteer this information about the car’s past, they are required by law to tell you the truth when they are asked a direct question. If you later find that the dealer lied when answering this question, you have legal rights and remedies against the company for used car fraud. If you believe a dealer made false statements to you when asked about the history of a vehicle, you should discuss your rights with an attorney as soon as possible.
Call 973-686-9787 today for more information.
If you suspect that you have been the victim of auto fraud when buying a new or used vehicle, call a New Jersey auto fraud attorney right away. At the Law Office of David W. Polsky, you will get the help of experienced attorneys along with the individual attention required to help to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Call 973-686-9787 today to schedule your free consultation.