Many states do not have lemon laws that cover used vehicles, but
Rhode Island is an exception. The Rhode Island lemon law for used
cars and vehicles is one that offers consumers protection if they
have a used car warranty.
Within the used car warranty period, the vehicle must have been
at the dealership three times for the same repair or the vehicle
must have been out of service for 15 days within the warranty period.
What is the recommended course of action for a used car, truck
or other vehicle that turns out to be a lemon in Rhode Island? First,
the consumer needs to contact the dealer (manufacturer) to see if
there is an informal dispute process in order. This is oftentimes
outlined in the contract you have signed.
If the dealership fails to honor their warranty, then the Attorney
General's office recommends contacting an lawyer. The Rhode Island
Lemon Law does not specifically cover a sale of vehicles between
private parties. However, the state forbids a private party from
selling a car, truck or other vehicle that does not meet state inspection
See more information at the Rhode
Island Attorney General Consumer Protection Unit page.