Americans love to drive, and they are always searching for a new vehicle that fits their needs. While you may not think that a brand-new car could have issues, many of them do. In most cases, a trip to the dealer or manufacturer can fix the problem, but if it doesn’t, you may be protected under your state’s Lemon Law.
More about the Laws
A lemon law provides a way for you to be compensated if you buy a car and it repeatedly fails to meet quality and performance standards. It can be used in conjunction with the purchase of any defective product but is primarily used to describe a vehicle that was purchased and can’t seem to be fixed.
Because these laws are created by the states, you need to determine your state’s laws regarding cars or trucks that have significant issues. The criteria can range from having a car that can’t be driven at all for two or more weeks or a vehicle that has the same problem three or more times.
In most cases, you are responsible for visiting the dealership to get repairs. If it doesn’t fix the issue, you must go back at least one more time before your car can be considered a lemon.
Most people believe that if they have a problem, the dealership or manufacturer is nice enough to give them a different car (of the same make/model where possible). However, dealers work on commission and manufacturers don’t want to admit fault, so it may be in your best interest to hire a lawyer.
Is your brand-new vehicle giving you more headaches than usual? Visit Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to see if the vehicle lemon law applies to you.