What Is The Used Car Lemon Law Term Of Protection?

The law requires used car dealers to provide their customers with warranties, the length of which depends on the used motor vehicle`s mileage at time of purchase:
  • If a motor vehicle has up to 36,000 miles, the dealer must provide a warranty for a minimum of 60 days or 3,000 miles, whicheveris reached first;
  • If a motor vehicle has between 36,001 and 100,000 miles, the dealer must provide a warranty lasting 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever is reached first.
If a new car warranty is still in effect when you purchase the used vehicle, then the used car Lemon Law is valid only for the time period ­ if it exists ­ between the expiration of the new car warranty and the expiration of the above used car warranty period. The used car warranty period will still be determined based on the mileage at the time at which you purchase the vehicle, not based on the mileage when the new car warranty expired.

The term of the warranty shall be extended by any time period during which the used vehicle is in possession of the dealer or his agent for warranty repairs, or during which repair services are not available due to war, strike, or natural disaster.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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