If you want to complain to the state, you will need to file a complaint with the DMV.
Someone else said you are protected by Lemon Law, this is false. Lemon Law only applies to new cars.
I'm pretty sure you don't want to hear this, but I'll say it anyway, simply because it's the truth: "Certified Pre Owned" does not mean that the car will never break down. It means the manufacturer will pay for repairs on the specified covered parts if it does. I don't think your car was "falsely certified". Although it does seem suspicious at first glance that the car stopped running after only two days, there is never a way to know how, if, and when a car will break down. Even two days before. You didn't see it coming, did you? Realistically, the dealer probably wasn't aware of a problem, because there aren't always "warning signs" before a breakdown. One minute your car is fine, then the next, it's broken.
Also, you cannot return a car in CA after you have signed the papers and driven it home. Even if it's only two days later. That is why it's so important on a used car to make sure you have some kind of warranty, so that the repairs can be taken care of quickly, without lots of money out of your own pocket.
For the DMV to do anything about your complaint, you will have to prove that the dealer KNEW that the car was broken when they sold it. And chances are, they had no idea. So, let them fix the car, and try to move on and enjoy it.
Many years in auto sales and finance- lots of experience with this kind of thing.
· 1 decade ago