Just think about the addeded expenses of first transporting the vehicle to Florida, then to Michigan and they are selling it at a good price?
Chrysler Jeep uses a company called impartialservices.com to deal with it's lemons. People who have their vehicle bought back as a lemon have to sign a confidentiality agreement so they can't talk about it or report it once the transaction is completed. If you go to the web site
one of the services they offer is "title clean up" one can only guess what that means. I do not know for sure, but it sounds like the title gets cleaned up and any individual state mandated branding of the title, such as being a lemon, is removed.
I would run away as fast as you can ! Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is !
Good advice. If it has been in a crash and that fact is not disclosed to you by the seller he's on the hook for misrepresentation. But, you'd have to prove it and that might not be easy.
I used to run customer service operations for a Euro luxury car brand. Impartial Services is a newer org that handles Lemon Law processing for manufacturers, who frankly have dumb-sized and outsourced their workforces to the point they no longer have anyone working for them that's subject matter expert enough to handle this kind of transaction. They're going to be incentivised to reduce costs of a Lemon transaction in all phases of the process, particularly reasale. "Title cleanup" appears to be a buzz phrase for what consumer organizations call "lemon laundering", which is actually interstate fraud and a Federal crime.
In many States if a manufacturer buys a car back the title must be branded with something like "Lemon Law Buyback". Subsequent buyers must be advised of the buyback and disclosure forms signed. Naturally, this depresses the vehicle's resale value, despite the fact most so-called "lemons" are usually low mileage rigs a particular dealer just couldn't repair, or one the dealer let sit for more than 30 days waiting for backordered parts, etc. They usually make choice used cars, IF, that title brand can be removed and all evidence of the buyback hidden from subsequent owners. So, how would one do that?
The manufacturer buys the car back in one State, takes possession and titles it with a "Lemon Buyback" brand as required. The vehicle is then transported to another State, ostensibly for "rectification", meanwhile the titling paperwork is sent by arrangement through a dealer in a third State and a new title is issued. (This is conspiracy, etc.) Virtually every time this is done the initial State's "Lemon" title brand will be washed (i.e., "laundered") from the new title. Without the "Lemon Law Buyback" branding subsequent buyers will be no more the wiser. Unless someone physically tracks the movement of the vehicle and the titling paperwork and discovers the disparity, no one's the wiser and the manufacturer gets away with defrauding the subsequent buyer(s).
SO, what does this have to do with Carfax? Any official registering of a buyback will be reported in State #1 and Carfax SHOULD pick it up. Regardless, Carfax will pick up subsequent auction activity, and any unusually low mileage vehicle is suspect. If the buyer simply asks the question "Is this a Lemon Law buyback?" and the seller says no, the seller is on the hook. Same for crash damage, salvage, etc. Use Carfax as a tool, but shop wisely and don't believe a word the dealer says. If he says "No" to Lemon Law or crash damage, ask for it in writing. If he balks, walk away.