The Lemon Law For Cars

The Lemon Law For Cars

It has been estimated that about one percent of all new cars sold in the US every year are lemons, this equates to a staggering 150,000 cars. Every state has a lemon law for cars to help those unfortunate consumers that bought one of the 150,000 defective cars.

If you believe you bought a lemon you may be able to get a refund of the purchase price or a replacement vehicle, to do so you need to know what a lemon car is.

What qualifies as a lemon car?

Although the laws that are in effect differ somewhat from one state to the next, under most state lemon laws the car must have a “substantial” defect which is covered under the new car warranty and the defect must become apparent within a certain time period or within a certain number of miles after the car was purchased. The defect must also be one that cannot be fixed after you have given the manufacturer a reasonable number of opportunities to fix the problem. The lemon law for cars applies to new cars in every state; there are some states that have a modified version of the law for those that buy a defective used car.

What is a “substantial” defect?

If the defect impairs the use of the car, the safety of the car or the cars resale value then it has a substantial defect. This includes such things as brakes, the steering mechanism, engine, transmission, etc but it would not cover such defects as a loose radio knob or a loose rear view mirror.

Reasonable repair attempts:

Once again, state laws differ but generally speaking the defect must meet one of the following to meet a states lemon law for cars.

* A serious defect that risks life and limb must be fixed in one attempt
* A defect that is not serious must be repaired within three or four attempts
* If the car is in the shop for a total of 30 days in a year, in most states it meets the definition of a lemon

If your car meets the criteria in your state you have the option of getting a refund or a replacement vehicle. If you do not get satisfaction you do have legal recourse available or visit Lemon Law America to discuss with our experienced lemon law attorneys.

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