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Indiana (IN) Lemon Laws

Every state has its own lemon laws to protect consumers in their new car purchases. Those living near the great mecca of motor sports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, have the same protection as those elsewhere in the United States. The specific statues for each state is different in how cars are determined to be lemons and the process required to seek either claims in court or through arbitration. An IN lemon law lawyer can assist a confused consumer in wading through the legal system and understanding the Indiana lemon law statutes.

The guidelines presented by the Attorney General of Indiana for the IN lemon law require that the consumer take steps on his own before being able to make a claim. For a new car to be deemed a "lemon" there must be a problem covered under the car's warranty which has been found within the first 18,000 miles after purchase. Should a defect be found, the purchaser must take it to an authorized repair mechanic. If four attempts at fixing the problem do not remedy the issue, or should the car be keep at the service station for 30 business days during the first 18 months of ownership, the consumer then has a qualifying lemon car.

Hard copies of work orders for all of the repairs must be kept by the consumer to prove his claim of a lemon. The next step will depend upon the information delineated in the warranty. Many warranties are written in legal jargon, and if a consumer finds his car purchase was a lemon, he should hire an expert to help him to translate the Indiana lemon law into understandable English. Some warranties require that the owner inform the manufacturer in writing about the defect and the repair attempts of the car. An arbitration process approved by the Indiana Attorney General might also be required by some  manufacturers but not others. Either after notification or through arbitration, the manufacturer has only 30 days to respond with a replacement vehicle or a refund. After 30 days with no action from the manufacturer, the buyer will only have 2 years to file a lawsuit.

Should written notification and arbitration not be clearly requested in the warranty, under Indiana lemon law, the consumer has a right to go straight to court to seek a replacement vehicle or a refund on his purchase.  When a lawsuit is filed against the manufacturer, the consumer will have the chance to recover both the purchase price of his vehicle and any attorney fees incurred in the process.

Buying a new car which is later found to be a lemon will require the consumer take action on his own, but he can get his money back from the lemon purchase with the protection offered under the Indiana lemon law.