2,748,164 certified pre-owned vehicles were sold in 2021.
If you’re looking to purchase a vehicle, opting for a certified-pre owned one is a happy medium between new and used. But even though these vehicles have been inspected, there is still a risk of getting a lemon.
Keep reading to learn more about how Florida lemon law applies to certified pre-owned vehicles and what to do if you think you have a lemon.
What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?
Certified pre-owned vehicles are used vehicles that are sold by dealerships. These vehicles generally have 80,000 miles or fewer and are fewer than 8 years old.
Before these vehicles are sold, they go through inspections that certify they are in good condition. Certified pre-owned vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty.
Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
Dealers of certified pre-owned vehicles must disclose important facts about the history of the vehicle, even if you don’t ask. If a dealer doesn’t properly disclose this information, they could face charges for fraud.
Examples of information that must be disclosed include:
- Accident history
- Repair history
- Whether the vehicle was used as a rental car
If a dealership is reluctant to provide you with information about a vehicle, this is a red flag and you might be buying a lemon.
If you’ve purchased a certified pre-owned vehicle and are experiencing problems, you may have protection under Florida lemon law if the issues you are having are covered under the vehicle’s warranty. If you aren’t sure, it’s always best to speak to an attorney who knows Florida lemon laws.
Certified pre-owned vehicles include warranties that are included in the cost of the car. Remember that these vehicles have to meet standards set by the manufacturer, so they should be in excellent condition.
Certified pre-owned warranties usually provide bumper-to-bumper coverage. Extended warranties usually provide less coverage and come at an additional cost.
How Does Florida Lemon Law Apply?
Certified pre-owned warranties are a form of consumer protection under Florida lemon laws. This means that manufacturers are required to fix any issues that are covered under the vehicle’s warranty. If they don’t do this, you may be entitled to compensation under lemon laws.
For example, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement if you are continuing to experience issues despite repair attempts. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to talk to a lemon law attorney.
Do You Have a Lemon?
Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle is the best you can do when buying a used car. But it’s still possible to end up with a lemon.
If you’ve purchased a certified pre-owned vehicle and are having problems that can’t be repaired, we want to talk to you.
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