Owatonna, MN asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Minnesota

Q: I bought a used car for 5000. Dealer told me they had put alot of work into it. Engine blew up within 6 days.

The car is a 2009

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Mark William Perron
Mark William Perron
  • Hugo, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Tough break! Buying a used car is always a big risk. Unfortunately, the Lemon Law only covers new or slightly used cars.

In order to hold the dealer accountable, you would need to prove that they knew about a material defect and that had you known about said defect, you would not have purchased the car. Unfortunately, this is very hard to prove.

You could contact them and ask them for an accounting or itemization of all the work they put into the car. You could also try to contact any prior auctioneers or prior dealerships; wherever they got the car from. You could also try to contact the prior owner to see if they knew of any defects when they sold the car. If there are prior defects, then you would need to prove that the dealership knew or should have known of said defects and failed to disclose them to you prior to purchase.

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