Archive for November, 2009

Are you driving a “lemon”?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
Are you driving a lemon?

Are you driving a "lemon"?

Plenty of new cars were purchased this year with tax incentives and the ‘cash for clunkers’ program. Unfortunately, not every new car works like it should. There are cars that were damaged in the design or production process that result in problems for their new owners.

If you purchased a new car, it is under manufacturer’s warranty. If you have had to service the car multiple times for the same major issue, you may be driving a “lemon” and you may be protected under lemon law.

Lemon law refers to a proclamation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act created to protect consumers from defects in automobiles. Lemon law can be enforced on any kind of vehicle like a car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, boat, etc. If any of these vehicles are found to be defective, a consumer is entitled for either money back, replacement or a cash settlement.

To qualify under state lemon laws, the defect must be substantial and must occur within a certain time or mileage period, usually 12,000 miles or one year.

Lemon law also applies to vehicles which have been resold but are still under warranty and meet the mileage and time criteria. Motor vehicle dealers are required to inform you of your rights under the lemon law in your specific state. They also need to disclose whether the vehicle you intend to purchase has ever been returned under lemon law’s “Lemon Buy Back.”

A lemon law attorney can help you send a written notice to the manufacturer describing the nature of the problem. If your written notice is ignored, a lemon law attorney can help you file a lawsuit and reach a settlement that compensates you for your purchase.