When you buy a used car, you do not expect it to be perfect. You do expect it to be as described by the car dealership. If the dealership advertised your used car as one thing, but what you actually got was something different, the Virginia Lemon Law is on your side. A car is a “lemon” if you were defrauded when you bought it. One example would be if the dealer set the odometer to 90,000 miles, but the vehicle actually had 140,000 miles. This sort of deception is not legal in Virginia.
Another type of scam that a car dealer might try to pull on you is related to the vehicle’s title. You might assume that you are getting a clear title when you buy a used car, but the vehicle might actually have a salvage title. This is another type of con. Car dealers might try to hide rust, water damage or accident damage with plastic fillers or new carpeting. You might only discover the problem when you take the vehicle to the mechanic.
It is also possible that you could drive the car off of the dealership’s lot only to have it break down a day or two later. If your mechanic tells you that the vehicle’s transmission, engine, electrical system or something else is kaput, you could be out thousands of dollars in repair costs. The lemon law may also apply to this type of dealership scam.
The Virginia Lemon Law is designed to protect your rights as a consumer. We offer legal representation if you feel that you have been scammed by a dubious used car dealership. Contact us at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center today in order to schedule a consultation or visit us online at YourLemonLawRights.com for more information.