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Home Lemons Into Lemonade - How Lemon Laws Protect You What can the lemon law do for me?

What can the lemon law do for me?

The lemon law is designed as a protection for consumers when they make purchases under warranty. To better understand consumer protection law, one might pursue a law degree, but such a step is unnecessary with the right legal assistance from an expert in that area. A lemon law lawyer has spent years acquainting himself with the ever-changing field of consumer law, and he will be needed should a case need to go to court for the consumer to get his money back from his lemon car purchase.

Consumers are protected by both federal and state consumer laws. There is not a single, overarching federal lemon law, but each state has their own version which differ slightly from each other. The Attorney General for each state will have a site with information on the lemon law and its guidelines for that state. Carefully reading and adhering to the dictates of these statutes will ensure that the consumer follows all of the protocols necessary to secure his rights.

Overall the lemon laws will require that the consumer seek a reasonable number of repairs for a defect on his vehicle before attempting to seek a refund or replacement from the manufacturer. Cars purchased for businesses most often do not qualify for the lemon law, but as regulations vary by state, commercial vehicles could have their own statues to protect the buyer in individual states. Determining whether a vehicle does qualify means that the car must have had a warranty, a defect was found, and several repair attempts for that same problem were made within a specified amount of time.

Aside from knowing the lemon law for the state, the warranty for the car is just as important. After several repairs have been made to the car with work order to provide proof, the next step will depend upon the warranty and the state's laws. Some warranties will require that the manufacturer be notified in writing before seeking arbitration. Other warranties only ask arbitration be sought with a third party mediator be sought. For most states where the warranty does not dictate the lemon law procedure, the consumer has the right to go directly to court with a claim against the manufacturer. Through this process, if found liable, the manufacturer will be required to repay the consumer for the purchase price of the car and any court attorney expenses incurred.

The lemon law will prevent the consumer from losing his money from purchasing a defective car, but the consumer has a responsibility to read the lemon law, keep the appropriate documentation, and follow the warranty and state guidelines to ensure that he will be able to reclaim the price of the lemon car.



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