What do I mean when I say “My car is under lemon?” It refers to the major defects in your car that deteriorates its usage, safety and value. In such a case, there are Lemon Laws to protect the consumers.
Now you must be wondering what a Lemon Law does. Lemon Laws are meant to obligate the seller or the manufacturer of the product to refund, repair or replace the defective product to the consumer. The Lemon Laws protect the purchaser of the defective new vehicle within its warranty period of the purchase. The Law is only applicable provided the consumer replaces the car within a specific given time limit. The manufacturer or the seller would provide the consumer with a new car or completely refund the full cost price.
There are certain key factors that need to be kept in mind to opt for a Lemon Law. These key factors are:
- The purchaser can’t complaint of minor issues which do not affect the usage and its safety such as funny noises, certain lights, etc. The consumer can not be protected under the lemon law in case there is anything in the car which the consumer does not prefer. These decisions should be made during the time of the purchase and the seller or manufacturer can not be blamed for it.
- The second factor is that the defect has to affect one of three or all the areas; safety, usage and value. If it’s a major defect then it has to affect any one of the three.
- Even if you have several defects during the warranty period, it does not mean your car is lemon. But a single serious problem can prove your car lemon if the manufacturer can not fix it in the first go.
- The manufacturer might take more than one chance to fix the problem.
In case the dealer refuses to repair or replace your vehicle, you are entitled to a legal Lemon Law help. When the dealer assures the buyer with a warranty during the purchase of the car, he is committed to provide all the after sales services. In case the manufacture doesn’t abide by the obligations, check with a trusted expert attorney. It is advised to possess all the required documents of the purchase of the car for further actions.