Automobile lemon laws are designed to protect the consumer against
defects in a newly purchased car. Automobile lemon laws also give
the consumer the right to demand that the car be fixed or replaced.
Automobile Lemon Laws are left up to the individual states to set
the guidelines as to how to implement the laws. A lemon car is a car
that has a defect, a problem that devalues the car, or one with a
serious safety issue. Automobile Lemon Laws protect the consumer and
give a better guarantee that the car they have purchased will live
up to the standards.
Once you have discovered a problem, you need to take the car to an
authorized repair center according to most automobile lemon laws. If
the problem has not been fixed after several repair attempts, you
might have bought a lemon. The car also needs to be under warranty
to still be covered under the Automobile Lemon Laws. The warranty is
usually between twelve thousand to twenty four thousand miles, or a
period of two to three years.
The automobile lemon laws state that the consumer must go directly
to the manufacturer, not the dealer. If you happen to have a lemon
car, you need to write a letter to the manufacturer to be able to
get a refund. Often times the address and how to address a lemon car
is written right in the manual of the car. When you file a complaint
under the Automobile Lemon Law, make sure that you have all of your
complaint and repair documentation; you will need them for your
Car buyers are also given the option to get a refund instead of a
replacement car under most automobile lemon laws. Also, you may be
entitled to money that you spend on the repairs, such as towing and
a rental car if one was needed. State Lemon Laws exist to protect
the consumer in the event that an automobile or motorcycle purchase
is defective. While state lemon laws vary based on jurisdiction,
they do share many things in common.
First, state lemon law outlines the definition of a lemon. It lays
out the circumstances in which a car or truck can be declared a
lemon. For example, state lemon laws dictate the number of times a
car must be repaired before a car can be called a lemon. Usually, if
a defect has been repaired several times to no avail, and the defect
affects an automobile¡¦s value, safety, or use, a car is called a
lemon. State lemon laws also require that the manufacturer, and not
the dealer, must remedy the defect.
Second, state lemon laws outline a period of warranty rights,
usually between one or two years and 12,000 to 24,000 miles. In
other words, the defect has to occur during this time. However, some
state lemon laws will allow a period to file as well. That is, you
can file for up to 4 years after you discover the defect.
Third, a state lemon law will offer guidelines regarding the number
of repair attempts, and if these attempts entitle the owner to a
replacement or refund.
In general most states allow manufacturers to attempt a serious
safety repair just once. If the problem is not fixed, it is covered
under the Automobile Lemon Laws. An example of a serious safety
repair would be a defective steering wheel or faulty brakes. For
those defects not deemed as serious safety repairs, automobile lemon
laws require at least two to three attempts for a repair before
being covered under the automobile lemon law. Your car is also
considered a lemon if your automobile has been in the repair shop
for more than 30 days with one repair occurring within the first
twelve thousand miles.
Most manufacturers, when faced with litigation under automobile
lemon laws, are willing to work with the consumer in repairing the
car, replacing the car with a new car, or refunding the full price,
less the mileage that incurred while the purchaser had the car.
However, if you find that the manufacturer is not willing to work
with you in any way, contact an attorney that specializes in
automobile lemon laws. They will help you with the next step for the
enforcement of automobile lemon laws.