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Lemons and Vehicle Title Branding
When people say a car is a "lemon", this usually just mean the vehicle has had serious, and usually repeated mechanical problems. However, in the vehicle and automobile trade, the word "lemon" (and some alternate words/phrases for "lemon") actually has a very specific technical meaning.
In the United States of America, there is a Federal law, known as the "Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act", or often informally as the "Lemon Law", which protects citizens and consumers in all states and US territories. Additionally, there also many state laws which also protect citizens, and often have some degree of overlap with the Federal law.
Of course, once the manufacturer/seller has repurchased the vehicle, the question then arises is what they should do with it. In many cases, they will in fact put the vehicle for sale in an automobile auction. So, if you are considering buy a vehicle at automobile auction, you should at least be aware that there is a possibility that some of the vehicles truly are lemons.
One small piece of good news is that many states do require vehicles repurchased by sellers/manufacturers as lemons are branded on their title as being being "lemon" or "buyback". So you should be on the look out for this. Of course, you can not completely rely on vehicle title branding telling you everything you need to know (because of variations between different state laws, as well as practices such as "vehicle title washing"). For this reason, all vehicles should be properly inspected† before purchasing, and you might also consider using online services to get more detailed histories of vehicles offered to you - VinAudit.com† provides vehicle history reports with over 60+ problem checks (based on access to a database of over 40 million records from state DMVs, junk yards, and insurance carriers).
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