While Pennsylvania has always had a Lemon Law for new cars, Philadelphia has now instituted a Lemon Law for used cars sold in the city. Mayor Nutter has signed Philadelphia’s first Used Car Lemon Law Bill, sponsored by Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The Used Car Lemon Law ensures that purchasers of used cars in Philadelphia have the opportunity to have the car inspected by a licensed mechanic with 72 hours of purchase. If a major structural defect is found, the consumer has the right to have to return the car for repair or a full refund.
Here are the details:
**A purchaser of a used car may return their vehicle within 72 hours after purchase if it is unable to pass safety or emissions inspections or found by a certified inspection mechanic to have an undisclosed major structural defect (The mechanic MUST put his findings in writing.)
**Upon return of the car, the dealer has 10 days to either fix the car, entirely at their own expense, or refund the consumer’s money.
**Dealer must also provide a copy of any written warranty to the purchaser within 15 days of payment for the warranty, and shall perform all repairs covered under the warranty promptly. At the time of purchase, the dealer MUST disclose in large capital letters whether the warranty is provided by the dealer, the manufacturer or a third-party warranty.
**If you purchased a used car and feel the dealer is not upholding their responsibilities, contact the Philadelphia Office of Consumer Affairs at 215-686-7598. They will take complaints and determine their merit. Repeat offenders face possible suspension or revocation of their Automotbile Sales License and/or Business Privilege License.
Find out more about the Pennsylvania Lemon Law.
Kudos to Mayor Nutter, Councilman Clark and Lance Haver at the Consumer Affairs Office for making this happen.