Consumer Protection Law
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Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
The so-called "Lemon Law" does not cover used cars. The federal "lemon law" covers cars still under the manufacturer's warranty.
So, in order for the dealer to be liable you would have to be able to show they made material misrepresentations of fact in writing. That way you could make a claim for fraud.
Otherwise, you can still make a consumer complaint to the Pennsylvania Attorney General. See the following link:
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
If it was purchased without any express warranty then you options are limited. You can sue for fraud if you can show material misrepresentation, such as an odometer rollback. Otherwise, any maintenance is your expense.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news.