Manufacturer Buyback Information and Myths


In our search for vehicles that meet our exacting standards, we have discovered the hidden value and benefits of manufacturer buyback vehicles, which are cars that've been repurchased by the automaker, because of unresolved problems reported by the vehicle's initial owner.



Because these vehicles are repurchased under what's commonly called the Lemon Law, most people assume these vehicles are exactly that-real lemons. We've found that's one of the biggest misconceptions car buyers have when they consider owning a vehicle that has previously been repurchased under a manufacturer's buyback program. Yet, these vehicles rarely are real lemons. There are actually many different reasons why a vehicle could be repurchased by the manufacturer.

A vehicle can be repurchased as a show of goodwill by the manufacturer to resolve a customer's dissatisfaction even if there's no evidence that a real problem exist. We have found this to be particularly common with manufacturers of luxury vehicles, who wanting to maintain the loyalty of a life-long customer, often buy back cars that you and I might never think to return.

There may be a reported mechanical issue that could not be located or repaired by a service technician.

It may take longer that seems reasonable for a dealership to receive a part for a repair, and rather than wait, the customer instead requests that the vehicle be repurchased.

All of these instances would qualify a vehicle to be repurchased under the Lemon Law. Yet, in each instance, the problem can easily be corrected by the dealer so that the vehicle's true value is preserved. In fact, this standard is mandated by state law.



Here are some of what we've found to be the most common falsehoods about manufacturer buybacks and the truths other dealers don't want you to know.

All buybacks are defective vehicles.

While it's true that vehicles repurchased by a manufacturer may need repairs to correct problems, that isn't always the case. Vehicles are often repurchased as a gesture of goodwill to maintain a valued relationship with a loyal customer. In other instances, parts may not have been available in a timely manner to fix a minor problem and the customer may ask the manufacturer buy back the vehicle. There are even cases where buyers will fabricate problems to get out of a vehicle if they know how to use Lemon Laws to their advantage. And of course, there are times when a vehicle does have a legitimate mechanical problem that needs extra attention to correct. Regardless of the reason for a buyback, when a true problem does exist, the manufacturer not only wants to fix it, but the company is required by law to fully correct any issue before the vehicle is offered for sale.

What if the problem isn't fixed? I don't want to end up with someone else's headache.

Let's face it - the last thing a manufacturer wants is to repurchase a vehicle. But when a repurchase is necessary, the manufacturer doesn't want to risk its reputation by failing to address the problem responsible for the buyback. You can be sure that any repurchased vehicle is thoroughly inspected to ensure that the original problem has been corrected and that the vehicle is in premium condition before it's cleared for resale. All repurchased vehicles are offered for sale with the balance of the original manufacturer's warranty in effect. In addition, most vehicles also have a 12-month/12,000 miles warranty coverage on the mechanical system or part that was repaired under the buyback. With this assurance - and the option to extend that warranty coverage further still - the buyer can be sure that the vehicle meets or exceeds all manufacturer requirements.

The manufacturer of a buyback just wants to get rid of the car.

Hardly. Auto manufacturers - particularly those who produce luxury vehicles - value their reputation as a maker of vehicles people love to drive and own. That prestige is a huge part of the value attached to the models that they sell, and it's an asset that auto manufacturers want to protect. It is our experience that the manufacturer is going to be very certain that the repurchased vehicle meets all requirements for performance before it's offered for sale.

 It would be hard to resell a manufacturer's buyback vehicle, especially if it's marked on the title.

Not every state is required to note on the vehicle's title if it was one repurchased. In those states that do brand the vehicle's title with this information, you often get an even better price to compensate for this and you save that much more. In other states that are not subject to these requirements, you will have a clean title. Remember, too, that as the public becomes more educated about the true value a repurchased vehicle offers, the buyback stigma will be less and less of an issue. Instead, others will come to agree -as we do - that manufacturer buybacks offer knowledgeable car buyers a chance to own a premium vehicle at a highly affordable price. In fact, Deluxe Auto Sales, Linden NJ, is so confident that this concern should not affect your buying decision that we offer to purchase your buyback vehicle from you at any time, providing that our required conditions are met. Of course, when the time comes to sell or trade-in your repurchased vehicle, you should expect to receive a discounted price just as you enjoyed the benefit of a discounted price when you bought the vehicle.

Other dealers have told me to never buy a repurchased vehicle. Why?

Remember that automotive sales are a competitive business and not all dealers are able to offer repurchased vehicles for sale. As a result, some dealers simply don't want you to know the real value that a repurchased vehicle can offer. At Deluxe Auto Sales, Linden NJ, we prefer to give you all the facts, offer the finest vehicles that represent the best values we can find and then let you make the decision.


A buyback vehicle must be returned to the original manufacturer's standards and backed by a manufacturer's warranty before it can be sold to the public. This protection is just one more reason many savvy car buyers choose to consider repurchased vehicles. It's also one of the main reasons we're sold on the real value of repurchased vehicles. We believe these vehicles offer a superior opportunity for our customers to acquire premium pre-owned vehicles at very affordable prices. That's the kind of opportunity that Deluxe Auto Sales, Linden NJ, is more than willing to stake its reputation on. We are so convinced of the real value that manufacturer buybacks offer to our customers, that we will repurchase your vehicle, even if you don't purchase another vehicle from us.