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What is a Lemon Law and how can it be used to protect you?

The tart fruit known as Citrus Limon is not a naturally occurring treat. Lemons were developed as a hybrid that are said to have been brought to the Americas by explorer Christopher Columbus in 1493. Most of today’s lemons are grown in the southeastern U.S., but the name of the sour yellow fruit has been appropriated for a law that protects consumers who have been sold a new or used vehicle plagued by problems affecting performance, safety or value.

That brings us to today’s blog post topic: What is a Lemon Law and how can it be used to protect you?

Lemon laws allow a consumer to get a refund of the vehicle purchase price or a replacement vehicle that is saddled with major defects. Typically, the major defect cannot be fixed even after repeated repair attempts by the dealer or other mechanics.

The process of determining if a vehicle is a lemon often begins with the dealer. The dealership is often initially responsible for reviewing the cases and deciding whether the vehicle they sold is lemon or not. Unsurprisingly, dealerships often decide that they have not sold a lemon and that another attempt or two (or more) is needed to fix the car, pick-up or SUV.

Some common defects found in lemons include the following:

  • Airbag defects
  • Air conditioner mold
  • Automatic transmission failures
  • Body flaws
  • Braking system and brake pedal failures
  • Electrical system issues
  • Engine failure
  • Fuel injection system issues
  • Power steering loss
  • Steering problems
  • Sudden acceleration

Unfortunately, not all states have identical lemon laws, meaning that a consumer who has a vehicle plagued with serious defects must learn the law and then learn how to apply it to their specific situation. For many, it is more cost-effective to contact a consumer protection attorney who understands existing lemon law and how to hold even the most reluctant dealer accountable for the seriously flawed vehicle they sold.

If you have been saddled with a lemon, contact an attorney experienced in helping clients protect their rights and investments.

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