Lemon Law When Buying Cars
Purchasing a car is always a moment of joy but when this car causes consistent problems shortly after you bought it, it may be a cold-water shock for you. There is no reason for disappointment. The good news is you can claim for full refund or repurchase if your car is under warranty. In legal terms, this is called Lemon Law. What does this mean for a consumer?
What is a Lemon Law?
Lemon laws are regulations to protect consumers if they have purchased a defective vehicle or other consumer goods. If your product cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, you can claim for a full refund. You may be wondering if this is always the case.
Well, there are specific requirements for a car to be a lemon.
First, some states require that the repair visits occur with a certain number of months or specific miles of use. Other states call a vehicle a lemon with the only requirement being that your repair visits occurred within the warranty time. In California, for example, you will be afforded the protection of the California Lemon Law if your visits occurred within the warranty time.
Still, other states, the Georgia State, for example, requires establishing that the car owner makes a reasonable number of repair attempts within the Lemon law rights period, regardless of the length of the manufacturer’s warranty. The Lemon Law rights period is the time under Georgian law which ends two years from the date when the vehicle was first delivered to the car owner or after the first 24,000 miles of operation.
What legal actions to take?
Here is the type of actions you may pursue.
Class actions: class actions occur when the issue is confirmed and widespread. In these cases, it may be possible to file a suit even with a single plaintiff, but the requirement is that this person or a group of persons represent all consumers who have bought the model in question.
Recalls: When a dangerous defect in a particular model car is confirmed, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may issue a recall to hold the manufacturers responsible.
Lemon Law: Lemon law claims are reserved for individuals who have made efforts so that the manufacturer fixes significant defects but have refused service or the issue was not solved. In this case, the consumer may be entitled to a full buyback of the car.
Turning to a lemon law attorney for your lemon law case is always hitting the nail on the head.
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