Have You Purchased A Car You Believe Is A Lemon?
There is nothing quite as exciting as the day you pick up your new car. Regardless of whether it is the first new car you have owned or you have had several, the thrill is always the same. The thrill wears off, however, if it turns out to be a lemon. If you find yourself in this situation, what recourse do you have?
Lemon Law for cars:
Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that was passed into law in the mid-1970s, you have the right to demand a refund of the money you paid for the vehicle or a replacement. This is a federal law and applies to all states.
Although there are distinct similarities, all states have enacted their laws that differ somewhat from the federal statute, more so in the vehicles covered by the law and the procedure for pursuing a claim. Some state laws cover motorhomes while others don’t, some state laws cover leased as well as purchased vehicles, some don’t.
A lemon is a vehicle that has one or more significant problems that cannot be fixed. The problems must be of such magnitude that they pose a threat of serious injury or death of the occupants, affect the normal functioning of the vehicle, and are detrimental to the potential re-sale value of the vehicle.
How do you deal with a claim under the Lemon Law?
Who would think their new car would turn out to be a lemon? There is no way to determine in advance if it will or not. As such, keep all your records of repairs made, the dates the vehicle was in the shop for repair and any correspondence you might have with the manufacturer or the authorized dealer. This information is that which will support your contention that the vehicle is indeed a lemon.
Each state has a Lemon Law for cars. If you believe your car qualifies as a lemon, you have the right to request a replacement or refund. To discuss your case in detail, contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®.