Think You May be Driving a Lemon?
An estimated 150,000 cars each year are lemons. Is your car one of them?
If you've ever found yourself in the situation of having a defective car, you're not alone. In fact, it's a fairly common occurrence. Whether you've purchased a new vehicle that breaks down soon after or have a leased car that spends more time in the repair shop than on the road, defective cars are a reality for many people. While it can be frustrating and costly to deal with a defective car, there are some things you can do to try to get compensation from the manufacturer.
First, it's important to keep track of all repairs and maintenance performed on the car. This will help to document the expenses you've incurred as a result of the defective car. You should also keep records of any missed work or other activities that were disrupted because of the car problems. It's also a good idea to reach out to other owners of the same make and model of car to see if they've experienced similar problems. If there is a pattern of defective cars, this may strengthen your case against the manufacturer.
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Lemon Law FAQs
What Cars Are Considered Lemons?
Any vehicle that's been out of service for 30 days or more for and repaired by the manufacturer for general warranty issues at least four times, or twice for problems that could lead to death or severe injury.
What does it mean when a car is reported as lemon?
For a car to qualify as a lemon, the car must have a significant defect that is covered by the warranty. It also must have occurred within a specified period, either in time or miles, from when you purchased the vehicle. Also, it must still not be fixed after a reasonable number of attempts to do so.
What Car Problems Qualify Under the Lemon Law?
The lemon law covers a wide range of issues, which typically manifest as symptoms affecting one or more systems such as:
- The braking system
- Coolant system
- Steering system
- Electrical system
- Mechanical latches and doors
What to do if I have a lemon vehicle?
If you are not offered a resolution you find satisfactory, you will have to take legal action. Most states require that lemon law cases go to arbitration before they reach the court system. You can file and go through arbitration on your own, but you may still want to hire an attorney.
Can you return new car if it has problems?
If you've purchased a new or used car and you're having second thoughts about it, in most cases, you won't be able to return the car. The dealer who sold you the car is usually not legally obligated to take the car back. However, if you believe that you purchased a lemon, you might need to go through a series of steps to get your money back.