When you buy any vehicle, there is a possibility of a lemon case. The lemon law differs from state to state but preserves its main idea which is to return the vehicle for a buyback and get a refund for all the expenses you made to repair the vehicle, also payoff of any loan and/or lease balance. The lemon law aims to protect purchase of not only new but also used vehicles.
No matter the vehicle is purchased or leased, lemon law provisions act to protect the vehicles. If your vehicle has a warranty from the seller or the manufacturer, the lemon law may be applied to your case when needed. Actually,
Actually, the lemon law protects consumer rights against defective goods, particularly various vehicles. To avoid possible troubles of the lemon case, you should hire an experienced lemon attorney who will lead you through the stages of the lemon case. The stages are:
For the first stage, the consumer can submit a request to repair the emerged problem and/or replace those parts which are broken down. The second stage comes when there is no possibility to fix the fault and the problem remains intact even after repair. If you undergo these two stages, you can request a price reduction or full refund.
Benefits from the lemon law
Lemon law is a remedy for a lemon vehicle when:
- The vehicle is out of service for a number of 30 days in the first year and remains defective
- The car was repaired for the same problem for 3 or more times and all in vain. By the way, the problem must occur within 18 months or 2 years from the time of purchase.
- Some catastrophic defects such as brake failure cause a lemon.
When your vehicle is qualified as a lemon, happy days are ahead! Your vehicle may be replaced with a nondefective one of equal value. If the vehicle was financed the manufacturer will pay off the loan. The lemon law requires the bank to cooperate with the transaction.
Depending on the particular matter, many cases settle for cash. The manufacturer even covers the attorney fees and court costs. When the consumer is paid enough money to cover all the spent money, everybody stays happy. But remember, manufacturers, don’t prefer to buy back the vehicles. This is because of ramifications to dispose of them which may bring another issue forward.
To be out of any trouble and benefit from the advantages of lemon law, you should carry out some steps. After buying a new car, save all purchase documents. If there is some problem with the vehicle, take it to the dealer and pay attention for them to write it up properly. Don’t forget the copy of the repair order as well.
Note that some states make you go through arbitration before being able to file a suit. Other states have punitive damages for the lemon case.
The lemon law may cover most classes of new motor cars if the vehicle is not the property of armed forces or your employer. For example in Washington D.C. the following cars can’t be covered by the acting lemon law of the state:
- Motorcycles with engine of less than 750 cubic centimeters
- Trucks rating 19,000 lbs gross weight and/or over
- Vehicles obtained or leased by a business as a part of a fleet of 10 and/or over
Though the lemon law is a cure for many lemon problems, nevertheless there are cases which can’t be covered by the law. This refers to the problems which were caused by abuse, neglect and/or modifications caused to the vehicle after original purchase or lease. If you signed a written disclosure submitted by the dealer, Lemon Law doesn’t have any power to cover those options and/or modifications which you requested. So be attentive while signing any document, read thoroughly or consult with your attorney.
To be more specific, we advise you to ask your state’s attorneys who deal with lemon cases for help. As we have mentioned above, the provisions applied for lemon cases differ from state to state. This is general information on lemon cases to just hint you what are the possible outcomes of lemon cases.