Baltimore, MD asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Maryland

Q: Do I have any rights when it comes to a used car I purchased that turned out to be a lemon?

I purchase a used vehicle from koons 8 months ago. I recently experienced an issue with oil consumption cause by an issue with the engine. I recently ran a carfax on the vehicle which koons failed to give me, and discovered the previous owner had numerous issues including the problem I am currently experiencing. I am honestly conserned of the safety of the vehicle. Do I have any rights in this matter or am I stuck with this used lemon?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
  • Marietta, GA
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You didn't state the year or mileage on the car.

You should read the Maryland Attorney General website to see if your car comes within the lemon law protection. You can cut an paste the link below.

Next, if your car does not fall under the Maryland lemon law, did you get a warranty on the car? If not, it is very unlikely you have any rights.

You drove the car for eight months, and you could have obtained the carfax report yourself or demanded it before you purchased the car. The Maryland Attorney General also has tips for buying used cars, including getting a carfax report, asking about a warranty, and having the car checked by an independent mechanic. See

Most used cars are purchased "as is" as a result buyers should be very careful.

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