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Home Important Lemon Law Facts Important facts about lemon law cars

Important facts about lemon law cars

Lemon cars can be made into lemonade with the lemon law, but the consumer has a responsibility to ensure that his side of the agreement is fulfilled. Depending upon the specific state, the car buyer will have different obligations as to the procedures he must follow to be repaid for his lemon purchase. One recommendation for car buyers in all states from Consumer Reports is to carefully review the statute concerning lemon law cars in that state. This information can be found through the state Attorney General's office.

When buying a new car, the purchaser needs to be watchful for any defects in the car. Should one be found, the consumer must take the car to an authorized mechanic for the repairs. If the defect is covered under the warranty, a copy of the work order from the repair should be kept, and for all of the ensuing repair attempts made on the car. The laws vary by state, but often three or more repair attempts on the same problem or a defect affecting the safety of the car could qualify the vehicle as one of the many lemon law cars. Which state's law the lemon car is subject to will depend upon the state in which it was purchased rather than the state where the buyer lives. This can be an important point of order for those who live on state borders and travel frequently across state lines and might have bought their car in a neighboring state. The American Bar Association Journal reports that some states will even allow those who lease a car to qualify their vehicle under lemon law cars.

Aside from knowing the state laws, it is vital the consumer reads the warranty offered with his car. The warranty will outline what the consumer must do after trying to repair a defect in the car to seek a refund or replacement for his lemon car. These warranties are also subject to the state laws, and while some manufacturers do not require seeking arbitration, in many states, it is a prerequisite to going to trial. The longest path  consumers would  have to take with lemon law cars would be to repair a new car for the same problem at least four times within a specified amount of time. He would then send written notice to the manufacturer of the problem.

Arbitration might be the next step where a settlement is attempted between the disputing parties. Should this prove ineffective, the consumer should hire an attorney specializing in lemon law cars and consumer rights. The lawyer will represent the car buyer in court to plead his case and present the numerous repair work order copies as proof that the car bought was a lemon. If successful in court, the consumer will be repaid for the car and the attorney's fees.