Law Buyback Vehicle:
is a vehicle which has been reacquired by a vehicle manufacturer
in California, or another state, effective January 1, 1996,
because of specified warranty defect(s). The vehicle is
registered in the manufacturer's name prior to resale.
Is Required of the Manufacturer?
manufacturer upon reacquiring a vehicle because of specified
warranty defect(s) must:
the Certificate of Title and Registration Certificate be
marked "Lemon Law Buyback."
the vehicle in the manufacturer's name.
manufacturer will attach a decal to the vehicle. The decal will
read "Lemon Law Buyback" and will be affixed to the:
door frame or
of the major entry into the vehicle such as the front right
door frame of a motor home.
side of a vehicle without doors, such as a motorcycle.
a warranty return vehicle is sold in California, the transferee
must be notified, on letter size paper, of the following:
year, make, model, and vehicle identification number.
the vehicle title is marked "Lemon Law Buyback."
nature of warranty non-conformities reported by the original
buyer/lessee of the vehicle.
if any, made to the vehicle in an attempt to correct each
Will I Know If a Vehicle Was a Lemon?
for display of the decal described above. Look at the vehicle's
Certificate of Title and Registration Certificate to see if it
is branded, "Lemon Law Buyback." Ask the dealer/seller
if the vehicle was a Lemon Law Buyback. The offering/selling
dealer is required by law to disclose this information to
California consumers who may potentially decide to buy a given
“Lemon Law Buyback” titled vehicle.
Do I Need If I Purchase a Lemon Law Buyback Vehicle In
will be notified prior to buying a lemon buyback vehicle by the
seller (dealer) in writing of the nonconformities stated by the
previous owner, by virtue of a written disclosure form.
you decide to purchase the vehicle, the usual transfer documents
and associated fees will be required:
items listed are the typical transfer requirements. Some dealers
may identify the vehicle as a “LEMON
on their used vehicle “BUYERS GUIDE” label that is affixed
to the cars window glass. Sometimes there will be the words
“Re-acquired Vehicle”. Ask to see the title to verify
imprint. IF it’s not there, it could be a “goodwill
buyback” vehicle that is NOT a “LEMON
Only vehicles with the title branded “LEMON
are true lemon law buyback vehicles.
of Title, properly endorsed for transfer.
Tax, if applicable.
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