Understanding Lemon Laws
July 17, 2015
If you have a new car that does not work after repeated repairs, you may be entitled to compensation under lemon laws. Cars that are unable to be used for a long period of time or need to be repaired repeatedly may be covered. Each state has its own lemon laws that protect against defective cars. However, the burden of proof is on the owner to show the car qualifies.
Compensation under lemon laws varies by state and the type of problem experienced by a lemon owner. In the case of severe issues such as a car not starting, power loss, or a broken transmission, a manufacturer could replace the car. With smaller issues like leaks or excessive wear, the consumer might receive a small monetary award.
You can take steps to get compensation under lemon laws.
- Learn what the lemon laws are in your state and what the definition of a lemon is
- Find your car’s records, such as purchase contracts, service orders, warranties, and the owner’s manual
- Take notes in any conversation with dealers or service technicians
- Ask for any technical service bulletins for your car from the dealer.
- Log how long your vehicle is in for repairs
- Consult a lawyer about your options and ask them to evaluate your case.
You can potentially avoid buying a lemon with some basic steps. Some steps you can take while buying a car are:
- Look at consumer organizations’ reviews of cars, such as Consumer Reports
- Look for complaints about the car model on safercar.gov
- Go with a manufacturer authorized dealer that is reputable
- Test drive the car before buying it
- Learn your state’s lemon laws.
These steps can help improve the odds of you getting compensation for a lemon or avoid buying one entirely.
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