Does Georgia Lemon Law Cover Used Cars and Other Used Vehicles?
As a general rule, OLDER MODEL USED CARS(models older than model year 2016) and other vehicles, whether purchased or leased in Georgia, ARE NOT covered by the Georgia Lemon Law. The law is also known as the Georgia Motor Vehicle Warranty Rights Act. There are, however, other consumer laws that might cover a defective used vehicle purchased in Georgia. The Georgia Lemon Law was enacted to protect Georgia consumers that purchase defective, newer model cars, SUV’s, trucks and other vehicles(2017-2021) that cannot be repaired. Our team of Georgia lemon law attorneys offers a free consultation for a used car or other used vehicle purchased from a dealer in Georgia, with a used vehicle warranty that has been back to the dealer for numerous repairs.
In order for a used vehicle to be covered under Federal lemon law (Magnuson-Moss Federal Warranty Rights Act), the vehicle must:
- Have been purchased or leased from 2016-2022 AND:
- MUST have been sold with a warranty included, such a certified used vehicle from a licensed auto dealer.
What is Considered a Used Vehicle in Georgia?
The definition of a “used” car, SUV, truck, or van, is a vehicle that was titled to any person other than the selling dealer before being titled to the current buyer/owner. This does not mean that you do not have any rights if you purchase a used vehicle in Georgia. Some used vehicles, such as those sold as “certified used”, do come with a used vehicle warranty. The warranty may be provided by a dealer or the manufacturer. If one of these covered vehicles are found to be defective, there are other consumer protection laws that may apply such as the Magnuson Moss Federal Warranty Protection Act also known as the “federal” lemon law, or Georgia’s Used Car Dealer Fraud laws.
Vehicles Purchased in Georgia “As Is”
If you purchase a used car, SUV, truck, or van “as is”, that means the vehicle does not have a warranty and you do not have any recourse under Georgia law. You are accepting the vehicle in the condition it is currently in at the time you purchased the vehicle. The dealer is then, or at any time in the future, not liable for any issues and subsequent repairs at all once the vehicle leaves the dealer’s lot. In some cases, a used vehicle is sold under less than standard or fraudulent sales practices or procedures. If so, you, as a buyer, may be a victim of Consumer Fraud in Georgia. Visit our Georgia Auto Fraud website for additional information on your options if you suspect your rights have been violated during a transaction with an auto dealer, or your find that information regarding the history of the vehicle has not been disclosed to you. If your vehicle is a 2014 or earlier model year, and HAS NO WARRANTY, the likelihood is great that a lawyer cannot help you.
Call our team of Georgia Lemon Law professionals for a free consultation now at 404-737-3451 to find out if you have any legal recourse for a used car lemon purchased with a warranty in Georgia Or fill out our lemon submission form and we will get back to you.
Vehicles Purchased from a Private Seller
Please note that there is no recourse under the lemon law or consumer protection laws in Georgia, for vehicles of any kind purchased from a private seller. If you received anything from the seller in writing, you will need to contact an attorney, however our firm cannot help you.