LAS VEGAS - Most people don't like buying cars. The process usually involves a lot of negotiation, and many consumers feel they end up on the short end of the stick with their deal.
That's how Carl from Las Vegas felt. He told 8 on Your Side he bought a used car a few weeks ago, and it's had problems ever since. He suspects the car is a lemon, but the dealer won't take the vehicle back.
Unfortunately, lemon laws in Nevada don't cover used cars.
"Used cars are sold as is," said Kevin Malone with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. "If you are driving off the lot, and the transmission falls out, that dealer is not obligated to fix it. Used cars are sold as is, and there is no right of rescission in this state either. If the car breaks down the day after you buy it, you're pretty much stuck. So, check out the car and the contract before you buy."
When you buy a used car, if it has more than 75,000 miles on it, you are supposed to get an information sheet that lists everything on the car and specifies whether the car is in good condition or needs attention.
Getting a clean bill of automotive health doesn't mean, however, you won't have a problem. That's why a mechanic who doesn't work for the dealer should always check out your ride before you buy.
This also means Carl will have to pay for the repairs to his vehicle.
If you buy a new car, and it has problems, lemon laws do apply. According to the law, a lemon is a vehicle with a defect or condition that impairs its use and value.
If you bought a new vehicle that doesn't run properly, you will want to notify the manufacturer - not the dealer where you bought the car. Execute that notification in writing before the warranty expires or within one year of purchase - whichever comes first.
Before you buy any car, it is also a good idea to do some research.