Scott is right. While many people call cars that don't work a "lemon," the word lemon means something very specific under California law. Usually, the types of problems you listed don't fall under the protections of the lemon law. However, there could be some other laws that the seller violated.
Buying a car in California is different than other states. When you sign the sales contract, the dealership is your lender. The dealership then has 10 days to find another bank to buy the loan. If it doesn't, then it can cancel the agreement. However, after the 10 days, it is a valid contract and you would have to make your payments to the dealer.
This is a separate issue from the mechanical operations of the vehicle. Your ability to pursue the dealer for mechanical issues depends in part on...
California law changed recently to prevent Buy Here Pay Here dealers from selling vehicles AS IS. You can read more about the laws in the article I linked to below. I find it hard to believe that a dealer "forgets" to do anything. You should speak with an attorney to determine the extent of the violations in your transaction from AMC Auto Sales. Our office has handled many auto fraud cases over its 30 years protecting consumers.
If the dealer charged you for for a warranty that you didn't receive, then it sounds like the dealer committed a fraud against you. Our firm unfortunately has seen this sort of thing all too often.
Is the dealer still in business? Have you contacted the dealer regarding the warranty issue?
Buying a used vehicle AS IS in California makes it pretty tough to sue over mechanical issues. However, as Attorney Kaufman stated, if it was a Buy Here, Pay Here dealership, the vehicle should have come with a warranty.
You should figure out what's wrong with the vehicle first before you take any other steps. This will give you as much information as possible to make an informed decision. You should also try contacting the dealership to see if it will work with you regarding the repairs.
Buying a used vehicle in California can be precarious. Generally, if the dealer sells the vehicle AS IS, it is very difficult to sue over mechanical issues. However, it sounds like the dealer made some representations to your son regarding the vehicle in the safety check. Did your son receive anything in writing regarding the safety inspection? Did he receive anything else in writing regarding the mechanical operation of the vehicle?
Where did your son get the follow up inspection regarding...
The temporary tags the dealer provided you at the time of purchase should be good for six months. When do you believe the temporary tags will expire? The dealer has 30 days to transfer the paperwork to the DMV regarding the registration and purchase of your vehicle. However, we have seen some cases where the DMV is the cause of the hold up. I would first start with the DMV to see if it has received the dealer's application. If not, then you may need to seek an attorney to help you either get...
It is a violation of the California Vehicle Code for a dealer to sell a vehicle for more than it advertised the vehicle. When did you come across the advertisement? What was the date of the advertisement?
You may be coming up on the statute of limitations, so it would be best to talk to an attorney sooner than later.
As the lawyers above stated, if the transaction was negotiated in Spanish, the dealer was required to give a copy of the contract in Spanish.
Unfortunately, California does not have a cooling off period for buying a vehicle. You can purchase a contract cancellation option if you are buying a used vehicle, but most people do not elect to do so. The dealer can cancel the contract, but only in a narrow set of circumstances. You can read more about it on our firm's blog.
Typically, when you buy a vehicle in California, the seller must remove all encumbrances from the title. This means any previous liens on the title. If the vehicle purchase price is under $10,000, you may be able to sue the dealer in small claims court. If it is over $10,000, an attorney may be able to assist you.
Our firm handles these types of problems, as well as other areas of auto fraud.