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Florida Lemon Law for Consumer Protection

When looking to purchase a new car, many consumers assume that their car will live up to expectations that it will perform safely and as advertised. If the car has such significant defects that several repair attempts do not remedy it, that car might be a lemon, and the consumer will have protection under theĀ  Florida lemon law. This law is designed to prevent automobile sellers from taking advantage of their customers.

For a car to qualify for Florida lemon law protection, it must have been purchased or leased new for the consumer's personal use. Other factors must be in place before a consumer can file a claim or seek arbitration for his new car purchase. These include buying the car new in Florida and the car having a defect which impairs the safety or functioning of the vehicle. The consumer has an obligation to seek repairs for the problem. A problem which cannot be fixed after three times or repairs which keep the car in repairs for at least 15 days both would allow the consumer to file with the manufacturer a copy of the Motor Vehicle Defect Notification (MVDN). This form is found in the Lemon Law Handbook included with all new car purchases in Florida.

Proper documentation is vital. It can prove that the consumer has sought repairs a sufficient number of times for the problem with the car. A receipt of sending the MDVN notification must be kept either in the form of sending a return receipt, express or registered mail. After the manufacturer has been informed of the repeated repairs, a final attempt at fixing the problem needs to be made before arbitration or civil action is sought. Work orders or receipts from all of the repairs on the car's problem need to be kept to prove that the consumer sought sufficient remedies for the issue.

If all of the requirements are fulfilled, the consumer has the right to request arbitration under the Florida lemon law. Time is of the essence when the consumer notices a problem on his new car. Repairs should be made as soon as possible before time runs out on the consumer's ability to file a claim under the Florida lemon law. The time limit under the Florida lemon law statute is only 24 months after the consumer receives the car.

The consumer should keep careful records of his car purchase and any repairs needed within the first two years. Even if a car might not seem like a lemon at first, keeping documents of repeated repairs for the same defect could allow the consumer to seek his rights under the Florida lemon law.