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How We Can Help Your Lemon Law Situation?

It is estimated that more than 150,000 cars annually, or about one percent of all new cars, are cons...

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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.

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What is a reasonable number of repair attempts to repair my car?

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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.

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What are types of defects that are covered by lemon laws?

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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.

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What Is Considered a Lemon?

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For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is different, there are some general things that hold true across the board. First of all, the vehicle needs to have some type of defect or non-conformity. Under most state laws, the defect must have taken place within a specific period of time or a certain number of miles after the vehicle was purchased or leased. Additionally, most state lemon laws require that the defect or non-conformity could not be fixed after several repair attempts. While state lemon laws for cars usually only apply to new, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the federal Lemon Law, applies to all cars covered by a warranty, whether the car is new or used. It is important that you speak to an experienced lemon law attorney who may assess your rights.

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What happens after I contact the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®?

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We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To start the process, we will ask you to provide us with your repair history, i.e. either the actual repair receipts you received or some summary from the dealer. After we review your repair history we will call you and advise you about what laws you qualify for and what relief we believe we can obtain for you. We will also go over with you in detail how we will use federal and/or state laws to seek our attorneys’ fees incurred from the automobile manufacturer or dealer. From there, the pace of your case will depend on a number of variables. We will begin the process of investigating and contacting the appropriate parties, while tending to the filing of any necessary paperwork or court documentation. Keep in mind that each state’s Lemon Law varies and our attorneys will tailor your claim to the specific location and details of your case.

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How do I find out if my situation qualifies for a Lemon Law case?

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As one of the country’s largest and most experienced Lemon Law firms, Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® makes it easy to determine whether or not you have a case against an automobile dealer or manufacturer. Simply fill out our FREE Case Evaluator form to begin the process. One of our qualified lemon law attorneys will review your information free of charge and immediately let you know the next step in getting started.

Iowa Lemon Law

It is perhaps every car buyer’s secret fear: purchasing the dreaded “lemon.” Although there is no doubt that having a “lemon” is a stressful, frustrating experience, there is good news: Iowa residents who purchase or lease lemon vehicles have important rights and protections under the law. Both federal law and the Iowa Lemon Law protect Iowa consumers, and allow them to force reluctant manufacturers to refund their money, replace the car or provide them with cash compensation.

Covered Vehicles Under the Iowa Lemon Law

The state of Iowa has laws that protect Iowa consumers who purchase or lease motor vehicles, whether in the state or outside it. Although it covers most consumer vehicles, it does not provide protection for motorcycles, mopeds, or motor homes. In addition, there is a weight requirement that has recently changed. For vehicles purchased or leased before July 1, 2014, any vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds is not covered. For vehicles purchased or leased on or after July 1, 2014, any vehicle that weighs more than 15,000 pounds is not covered.

The good news is that even vehicles that do not fall under the Iowa Lemon Law are protected. The Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act provides protection for all consumer products – including vehicles of all kinds and weights, as well as appliances, electronics, and virtually anything purchased for personal or household use.

What Defects are Covered Under the Iowa Lemon Law?

Unfortunately, not all defects are covered by the Iowa Lemon Law. To qualify for protection under this law, the problems with the car must make it unfit, unreliable, or unsafe, or they must seriously lower the value of the vehicle. In addition, only problems that occur during the “Lemon Law rights period” are protected. The “Lemon Law rights period” is the shortest of the written warranty issued by the manufacturer, two (2) years from the date on which the consumer received the vehicle, or 24,000 miles of use.

Fortunately, the Federal law provides additional protection. The Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act covers all defects or problems that are under warranty, for the entire period of that warranty. Thus, even problems with a vehicle that are significant to the consumer, but not “serious enough” under a state lemon law, may still give rise to legal rights under Federal law.

Number of Repair Attempts

Before a car buyer can take action under the Iowa Lemon Law, the manufacturer must be given the chance to make a reasonable number of repair attempts. A reasonable number of repair attempts in the State of Iowa is typically defined as three (3) or more failed attempts to fix the same problem, one (1) failed attempt to fix a problem which is likely to kill or seriously injure the owner or others, or repair attempts which together add up to more than twenty (20) days of repairs (not necessarily consecutive days).

Once a manufacturer has been given a reasonable opportunity to fix the problem, the buyer must provide it with notice of the continuing problems using registered, certified, or overnight mail. The manufacturer then has one final, brief opportunity to fix the problems before you can turn to an experienced Lemon Law attorney for help.

Still, before filing a legal claim, the car buyer must participate in any certified dispute program that the manufacturer has put in place. This panoply of rules and requirements can often be overwhelming for consumers. If you believe that you may have purchased a lemon, an experienced Lemon Law lawyer at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to navigate these procedures to seek relief under Iowa and/or Federal Lemon Law.

Available Remedies Under the Iowa Lemon Law

Once a consumer has complied with the requirements described above under the Iowa Lemon Law, the manufacturer must either repurchase (provide a refund) your vehicle or replace the lemon. Unlike certain states’ consumer protection laws, Iowa’s expressly allows the consumer to select either a refund or a replacement vehicle.

In addition, the manufacturer is required to cover or refund all collateral and incidental expenses the consumer incurred. This includes taxes, registration fees, and even, at times, expenses such as rental car fees, other alternate transportation, or towing fees.

Further, both Federal and Iowa Lemon Laws require the manufacturer to pay the consumer’s attorneys’ fees when they prevail. Thus, even consumers who cannot afford to pay an attorney up front can still enforce their rights under these important laws.

Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify for relief. You could be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle, or cash compensation for your lemon under State or Federal law. Over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial. We work to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

We work with Iowa Lemon Law lawyers associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in an "of-counsel" relationship to handle claims for consumers in Iowa. We stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your lemon law claim.

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