YES, vehicles purchased from a private party are generally protected by lemon laws as long as they are still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. Most new vehicles come with written warranties from the manufacturer. And these warranties are almost always transferrable to the next owner, even for private party sales.
If you purchase a lemon from a private party, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act allows you to bring a claim for “breach of warranty” damages and payment of attorneys’ fees and costs. Additionally, your state’s Lemon Law may provide additional protection, allowing you to seek a refund or replacement vehicle.
Since these laws vary from state to state, contact an attorney experienced with handling breach of warranty and Lemon Law claims to best protect your rights.