Pa.’s first used-car “lemon law” will roll out in Bucks County on Jan. 1, 2023. The ordinance, approved by the Bucks County Commissioners, calls for dealers to provide warranties on some cars, assurance of passing inspections, and provision of truthful data. Jeff Warner drove home the details in the Doylestown Patch.
These protections are common, as dictated by state law, for buyers of new vehicles; this latest action extends the assurances to purchasers of second-hand wheels as well.
“Most of our auto dealers by far are honest and do a good job,” said Michael Bannon, director of the county Consumer Protection/Weights & Measures Department whose department helped craft the new ordinance. “But I’m afraid that there’s a few businesses out there that have given the industry a black eye, and that’s what we’re looking to address right now.”
“This first-of-its-kind county ordinance is the latest example of our administration’s investment in consumer protection as well as our vision of a law department that is proactive in addressing the needs of Bucks Countians,” said Commissioner Chair Bob Harvie.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub is a fan as well.
“To me this makes a lot of sense,” he said. “This really strengthens the safety net for the consumer. They already do it in New Jersey. I’m proud to be endorsing this as a model for the rest of the state.”
More on Bucks County’s strengthened lemon law is at the Doylestown Patch.