Why Do People Buy Lemon Law Buybacks?

by Aryn Plax

Mar 8, 2021

Are you in the market for a used car? You may be researching your options. You may be weighing the pros and cons of buying from a private seller versus a licensed dealership. You may have narrowed down your options to a few vehicles that you’re willing to consider, and you may have researched those vehicles’ histories.

You may have even come across a title called “Lemon Law Buyback,” and you may have asked why people buy lemon vehicles.

A common myth about lemon law buybacks is that the manufacturers always repair the vehicles and make them conform to warranty before they put the lemon vehicles back on the market. The truth is this does not always happen. If a defect may not have been repaired within a reasonable number of attempts before the manufacturer bought back the vehicle, then the manufacturer may be unable to fix that defect after it bought the vehicle back.

If a manufacturer had to be pushed to buy back the lemon vehicle after someone filed a lawsuit, then there is a higher chance that the defect may not be adequately fixed.

A couple agree to a car sale. A woman shakes hands with a salesperson at the dealership.

Best case scenario, a potential buyer is informed of the vehicle’s status as a lemon law buyback before whether to make the purchase. This notification is required under the Automotive Consumer Notification Act. If a vehicle has been branded as a lemon law buyback, then a potential buyer must receive a notice with the following language:

“THIS VEHICLE WAS REPURCHASED BY ITS MANUFACTURER DUE TO A DEFECT IN THE VEHICLE PURSUANT TO CONSUMER WARRANTY LAWS.  THE TITLE TO THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY BRANDED WITH THE NOTATION ‘LEMON LAW BUYBACK’.”

To learn more about lemon law buybacks, read more about the California Lemon Law. If you have questions about your vehicle, or want to learn more about protections provided to you by the California Lemon Law, call our toll free number at 877-222-2222 or fill out the consultation form below.