At 1-800-LEMON LAW, we receive countless calls from folks who purchased a used car and ended up being taken for a ride. Sometimes the car has a salvage title, or it will not pass inspection, or it just falls apart. Many times, these distressed drivers have little or no protection under the State and Federal Laws we work with. Now, Mayor Nutter’s consumer advocate Lance Haver is working hard to change that in Philadelphia.
This past Monday, The Philadelphia City Council has approved a lemon law bill for used cars, and if that bill becomes law, drivers will have 72 hours to get their car checked out by a mechanic following the purchase. If the car is not drivable, the dealer will either have to fix the problem or allow the consumer to return the car for a full refund.
This is a bill whose time has come, according to Kimmel & Silverman Founding Attorney Craig Thor Kimmel. “In Philadelphia, used car sales occur with greater frequency than in less populated areas for the simple fact that insurance on a used car in the city is cheaper than insurance on a new car. Often people who buy used must rely entirely on what they are told from their salesperson, as there is little or no warranty remaining. In the case of new cars, repairs are covered under warranty for free but sadly, that is not often the case for used cars. Avoiding an unreliable car and its high repair bills is critical. This type of consumer protection would certainly be welcomed.”
As you know, the Pennsylvania Lemon Law currently does not apply to used cars. However, if you are under a manufacturer’s warranty and you have been back three or more times, you could be entitled to monetary damages under a Federal law known as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Like the Lemon Law, representation under this Law is completely cost-free. For more information, call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW or visit www.lemonlaw.com.