Just about the worst thing that can happen when you buy a new car is for it to turn out to be a lemon. If this has happened to you, you are not alone. Approximately 1% of all new cars are lemons. All states have enacted "lemon laws" to help those who've purchased cars that turn out to be lemons.
In order for a car to be considered a lemon two criteria must be met:
A car has a substantial defect if there is something wrong with the car that impairs the car's use, safety, or value. For example, faulty brakes or headlights are a substantial defect. On the other hand, loose knobs on the radio are not. The line between what are substantial defects and what are minor defects is not always clear. Problems that seem minor, like defective paint jobs or horrible smells, have been found to be substantial. All lemon laws require that the substantial defect occur within a certain period of time after the purchase of the car (usually one or two years) or within a certain number of miles (typically between 12,000 and 24,000).
Even if your car has a substantial defect, it is not a lemon unless the defect remains even after you have made reasonable attempts to repair it. This usually means that you must make a certain number of attempts to repair the defect. Some common standards for reasonable repair attempts include the following:
Lemon laws can be very complex and they vary from state to state. An experienced auto lemon law lawyers can inform you of the law in your state and can help you get a refund for your lemon or a replacement car.
Last Modified: 04-28-2014 12:03 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.