What is the lemon law and how does it pertain to my vehicle?
The lemon law refers to the law that protects consumers from faulty vehicles. There is federal lemon law called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that pertains to certain aspects of a faulty vehicle; however, all states have similar law protections of their own that differ. Here are some of the protections you can expect to find in your state:
- A new vehicle- if your vehicle falls under the lemon law, the manufacturer may be forced to take back your vehicle.
- A loan payoff- the manufacturer may also be required to pay off your auto loan in full for a lemon vehicle.
- Financial compensation- vehicle manufacturers may be responsible for any expenses such as rental cars or towing expenses associated with your lemon vehicle.
- Attorney fee reimbursement- in some states the manufacturer may be responsible for paying your lemon law attorney fees associated with your case.
- What types of items are protected under the federal and state lemon law?
Lemon laws protect more than just cars. In fact, all the items below are covered under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and a defective product attorney could help you identify if your product is covered:
- Recreational Vehicles
- Consumer Appliances
- Various other products sold to consumers
What happens if I have a product that fall under the lemon law protection?
If you have a product that is protected, you will want to consult with an attorney. Your lemon law lawyers will help you identify if you qualify under the law. The main thing they will look at is whether or not you have a log of repair history for your product. To qualify you must generally have a product that suffered multiple repair attempts under the manufacturer’s factory warranty.
To best protect yourself as a consumer, lemon law attorneys suggest keeping a thorough log of any repairs or recall repairs done to your vehicle during the warranty period. This log of repairs can be used in court to show that your vehicle had a long repair history and that your product was faulty.
When should I call a lemon law attorney?
If you have had to make multiple repairs to your consumer product that is still under warranty, consult with a defective product attorney or lemon law lawyer. They will be able to identify if your vehicle or product is qualified for protections or is nearing classification due to maintenance history.
Your lemon law lawyer will help ensure you understand your rights as a consumer as well as help you file all appropriate paperwork to submit a claim. As an expert, your attorney will ensure the manufacturer of your product follows through the correct reconciliation of your claim. Should your case need to be seen in court, your lemon law attorney will represent you in court and make your case. They will prepare all appropriate documentation and research for you as well as attempt to work with the manufacturer to settle outside of court.
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