No one wants to purchase a defective automobile. A government’s duty is to protect its citizens from purchasing fraudulent products. Purchasing a new car will be important to your livelihood, employment, family, business, and social life, and it’s just as important to have a reliable mode of transportation.
Sometimes manufacturers aren’t able to diagnose what may be the problem with your vehicle and are unable to fix it, or they may not feel it’s worth it, for a multitude of reasons. If your vehicle immediately requires service after you’ve purchased it, that doesn’t automatically mean that it is a lemon. It could have been damaged in transit or by another potential buyer. It’s common that a new car has issues that require your manufacturer to take a look at it. Upon doing so, they should be able to diagnose the issue and send you on your way. Your vehicle is determined to be a lemon after multiple repair attempts are made.
If you’ve recently purchased a used vehicle and suspect that it may be a lemon, you may want to consult your particular state’s lemon law statutes for used cars. Some states have laws that particularly address used vehicles, and some states only protect vehicles under warranty.
However, according to the National Consumer Law Center, there are more ways that the government could protect your vehicle purchase even if your vehicle was sold “as-is,” such as:
Every state in the United States has its own lemon laws, and they can differ based on the answers to the following questions:
Some manufacturers will want you to believe that your state doesn’t cover your vehicle purchase in its lemon laws when they actually do. It’s important to speak with an experienced attorney specializing in lemon law in your state to ensure that you get a refund or a vehicle that isn’t defective.
Refer to your state’s laws about the warranty terms, the time allowed after purchase, and how many miles your vehicle is covered after delivery.
In order for your purchase to qualify under the statute of your state’s lemon laws, you must:
If you want to ensure that you qualify under your state’s lemon laws, then you should avoid:
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