Lemon Laws of
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law was created to protect
consumers from having to endure a defective automobile, especially
when the defect is due to the manufacturing process. The
Pennsylvania Lemon Law applies to new cars that were bought and
registered in the state of Pennsylvania. As well, the car must be
for family or personal use with a capacity of 15 or fewer persons.
Under Pennsylvania Lemon Law, motor homes, motorcycles, and off-road
vehicles are not covered.
Pursuant to Pennsylvania Lemon Law, the manufacturer has to correct
or repair a malfunction that severely affects the value, use, or
safety of the car. They must do so at no additional cost to the
owner. The defect must occur within the first year or 12,000 miles
of the original date of purchase, or the length of the original
manufacturer・s warranty, whichever is first.
If, after 3 repair attempts, the defect still exists, the
Pennsylvania Lemon Law states that you might be entitled to a
replacement automobile of similar value, or a refund of your
purchase price, minus an allowance for your usage. Pennsylvania
Lemon Law also applies if you car is in the shop for 30 calendar
To invoke the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, call the manufacturer・s zone
representative. You can find this information in your owner・s
manual. If the representative is unsuccessful in getting the
malfunction repaired, you can opt for arbitration.
Under Pennsylvania Lemon Law, the arbitrator・s decision is binding
on the manufacturer. However, the consumer may choose to file suit
even after the arbitrator has ruled.
In some cases, the manufacturer might not have an established
procedure for dispute resolution. If this is the case, you may file
suit under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law without having to go through
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law states that you, the owner, are
responsible for bringing your car to an authorized repair outlet,
unless it is unreasonably difficult to do so. If such is the case,
the Pennsylvania Lemon Law allows you to give the manufacturer
written notice. Arrangements can be made to have the car brought to
the repair site at no additional expense.
When in the shop, the repair center has to give you a detailed,
itemized statement that outlines what repairs were made, and how
much parts and labor cost.
If the car is defective because of the owner・s neglect, alteration,
or abuse, Pennsylvania Lemon Law does not apply.
To further protect consumers, cars that were returned as a result of
the Pennsylvania Lemon Law cannot be resold in the state, unless it
meets certain criteria.