Dream Car Gone Wrong
Buying a new car is supposed to be a thrilling experience. People spend a lot of time and money on this significant purchase and most do not anticipate on doing it again for several years. In some cases the seemingly perfect car is not all that it was cracked up to be and instantly there are problems galore. Did they purchase a lemon? If so, should they obtain a lemon law attorney?
What is a Lemon?
A lemon is a vehicle that proves to be defective after it is purchased. Typically these defects are mechanical issues that cannot be seen from the outside and likely occur during the building process in the factory. In most cases parts and systems are not installed properly, but it can also include chemical or structural issues of materials used. Further, a car can be considered a lemon if even after multiple repair attempts, the issue is still not fixed.
What is Lemon Law?
If you find out that your new car is a lemon because of ongoing issues with it, you need to know the law. The law is in place so that car manufacturers are required to buy defective cars back or replace them. Every state has their own Lemon Law, which is based on the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Be aware that each state deals with lemon law cases differently and it would be a good idea to get in touch with a lemon law attorney to help sort through what the laws are in your state.
What is Covered by Warranty?
Regardless of state laws, you need to be an informed consumer and know what is and is not covered under your car’s warranty. If the items you are having issues with are covered by warranty, you need to give the car manufacturer the chance to right the problem. If the manufacturer fails to correct the problem after several attempts or your car has been in the shop for an extended period of time, then you could be covered under the lemon law.
What Should I Save?
When dealing with a lemon, one of the most important things an owner should do is hold onto all documentation regarding car repair and issues. Be sure to keep all documentation regarding car repairs in a safe place. Obtain records of any and all correspondence you have written or received from the dealer. It is also suggested to create a timeline of events and document all dates that you have encountered the issue. Having this information is essential to making your case in court.
This documentation will help illustrate why your car may be a lemon. It is also a good idea to obtain a lemon law attorney so that you can get the best representation in court. In most states, the legal help is completely free.
Jesse Dugan and his team of expert writers guest blog for sites all over the web in several different categories. Follow him @JesseDugan.