It is estimated that more than 150,000 cars annually, or about one percent of all new cars, are cons...read more
It is estimated that more than 150,000 cars annually, or about one percent of all new cars, are considered lemons. Although state and federal lemon laws vary, a lemon is generally considered any vehicle that has repeated defects or non-conformities that cannot be repaired after a reasonable time or a reasonable number of attempts. If you want to take advantage of state and federal lemon laws for car purchases, it’s important to understand what qualifies as a lemon and what steps you need to take to put yourself in the best position to receive maximum possible relief under the law. The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® have worked in this area of law since 1995 and can help you assess your claims and counsel you on the best course of action for moving forward. Should you qualify for relief, we will do our best to ensure that you settle your claims for what the law entitles, which may be a refund for your car, a replacement vehicle, or monetary compensation in other instances. We will also not charge you a fee unless you win or settle your case.
Before being able to reap the benefits of the lemon law, you must allow the manufacturer or dealer t...read more
Before being able to reap the benefits of the lemon law, you must allow the manufacturer or dealer to make a reasonable number of attempts or you must provide them with a reasonable time to fix the issues before your vehicle may be considered a lemon. Although every state law varies, most states require that the consumer provide the manufacturer or its dealers with at least3 times or 30 days to fix a vehicle defect or non-conformity. In some states, as little as 1 repair attempt may be sufficient to deem a car a lemon if the defect is something that affects the safety of the vehicle.
Most state lemon laws require that for the car owner or lessee to recover, they must prove that the ...read more
Most state lemon laws require that for the car owner or lessee to recover, they must prove that the defect or non-conformity substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle. Every situation is unique and a defect that you might not ordinarily think is substantial, very well might be depending on how it affects you. For instance, even something that is seemingly as minor as the illumination of a light on your dash board might signify a larger problem. Or, something like a brake squeak might be substantial if it affects your use and enjoyment of the vehicle every time you get behind the wheel. It is for this reason that you should speak to an experienced lemon law attorney who may assess your rights and tell you their opinion on what you may recover. Keep in mind, that the federal Lemon Law has no requirement that the defects in the vehicle be substantial. Rather, the federal Act looks to the obligations of the manufacturer to repair your vehicle as detailed in your warranty. Notably, the typical car manufacturer’s warranty promises to repair all defects in materials and workmanship in the vehicle. It does not restrictcoverage to only “substantial” defects. Therefore, even minor defects are covered under the federal Act if the manufacturer,by and through its dealers, was unable to repair the vehicle after being afforded a reasonable opportunity to do so.
Are you the owner of an inherently defective vehicle in the state of Georgia? Our team at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® is here to help those who have been victims of purchasing defective cars, trucks and other consumer products. Because each state has different rules and regulations regarding “lemons,” it is important that you find a team that is knowledgeable about the Georgia Lemon Law and the various lemon laws throughout the country.
Under the Georgia Lemon Law, manufacturers are held responsible for new vehicles that have inherent defects. It is up to the manufacturer to remedy any “lemons” within the period of 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition, the Georgia Lemon Law requires that your vehicle was purchased for personal, family or household use. Finally, the defect(s) must substantially impact the use, value, or safety of your vehicle. Keep in mind that your vehicle will not be covered under the Georgia Lemon Law if it has been abused, neglected or if you have made any unauthorized alterations.
If the defect(s) do not occur during these time periods, or your vehicle is a commercial vehicle, or the defect(s) do not substantially impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle, your vehicle may not qualify as a “lemon” under Georgia law but still may qualify under the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which is commonly referred to as the federal “lemon law.”
If you do meet the requirements of the Georgia Lemon Law, you may be eligible to receive a refund of your money or a replacement vehicle.
There are also certain types of vehicles that are excluded from coverage under the Georgia Lemon Law, including motorcycles, mopeds, boats, all-terrain vehicles, trucks with a gross vehicle rating over 12,000 pounds, vehicles that aren’t self-propelled or parts of a motorhome that are used for either living quarters, office or commercial use.
How the Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® Can Help
Our team has successfully handled over 45,000 Lemon law cases across the country and we will do everything that we can to obtain maximum compensation to which you are entitled under the Georgia Lemon Law and/or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. We provide all of our potential clients with a free consultation to help you understand your particular situation and determine whether or not you have a case. If you do have a case, we will help you compile the necessary paperwork to start the process.
Please feel free to contact our team at 1-800-875-3666 or at www.yourlemonlawrights.com for a free case review.
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