What to do if I purchased a used 5 months ago from a car dealership and now it needs some major engine repairs?

UPDATED: Sep 17, 2012

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What to do if I purchased a used 5 months ago from a car dealership and now it needs some major engine repairs?

My daughter purchased a used car. Now it needs some major engine repairs, like a new head gasket, water pump, etc. totalling $1800. Under the lemon laws, is she eligible for any help from the dealership?

Asked on September 17, 2012 under General Practice, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, your state's Lemon Law only applies to new cars, so it would not help. If the seller provided any sort of warranty or guaranty, you could enforce it, including via law suit, if necessary. If there is no warranty or guaranty, however, your daughter would only have recourse if the seller knew, or reasonably should have known (that is, any seller in the seller's position must have known) of a problem which existed at the time of the sale and hid that problem from her--and she'd have to be able to prove that state of facts in court, in order to win a lawsuit, which is what she'd have to do if the dealership will not voluntarily help her out.

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