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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?

Before being able to reap the benefits of the lemon law, you must allow the manufacturer or dealer t...

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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?

Most state lemon laws require that for the car owner or lessee to recover, they must prove that the ...

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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?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...

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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®?

We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To st...

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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.

How Are The Kentucky Lemon Law Attorney Fees Calculated?

Importantly, the consumer may recover attorneys’ fees if you prevail. This allows for consumers to be able to retain an attorney who will be willing to rely on the fee-shifting provisions of the Lemon Law to be paid. You will not be asked for an upfront retainer or asked to pay as the attorney works on your case. If you retain the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to represent you, they only get paid if you get a recovery. If your case is lost, no bill will be sent to you for their time. The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law® have as much on the line as you do in the results of your case.

What Is The Reasonable Number Of Repair Attempts Before A Vehicle Is Presumed A Lemon?

4 (4) repair attempts or a total of thirty (30) days to repair defects or nonconformities within the vehicle’s first twelve (12) months or 12,000 miles must be provided to the manufacturer, through its dealers, by the buyer or lessee according to the Lemon Law. If your vehicle meets this standard, the vehicle is then presumed to be a lemon under the law. If your vehicle was not subject to these specifications, it may still be a lemon by federal law standards. Pursuant to the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2301, et. seq., a warrantor of a consumer product must comply with its obligations in its warranty. You should speak with an experienced Lemon Law attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for assistance.

The Crucial Time Frame For Your Lemon Law Claim

There are two (2) important clocks ticking that make it important to consult with an attorney. The Kentucky Lemon Law will only provide consumers with two (2) years from the date the vehicle was delivered to pursue a claim for a violation of the Lemon Law. When a deadline is missed, it is important that you do not give up hope. The federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is able to provide buyers and lessees with up to four (4) years to pursue a claim for breach of warranty. Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® will ensure that you do not miss any of these deadlines. The Lemon Law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Center® will provide you with a free case review and counsel you on your rights as a consumer.

The Process Of The Lemon Law Claim

The first step in the Kentucky Lemon Law requires that the consumer prove that the defect or nonconformity of their vehicle substantially impairs the vehicle’s safety, use, or value. When you spend money to purchase a new vehicle, you expect it to be new in every aspect and to provide you with reliable, comfortable, and dependable transportation. If your vehicle is not working properly due to defects, you are not getting the value of what you paid for. It is not required that the vehicle be unsafe to file a claim. However, these areas may overlap, and may strengthen your legal claim.

How Can Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law® Help You?

If you meet the legal requirements of the Lemon Law, the manufacturer must replace the vehicle with a comparable vehicle or refund your money. When a refund is given, you are entitled to all monies paid for the vehicle, which includes sales tax, finance interest charges, registration fees, and any other charges for the vehicle. The manufacturer is however entitled to subtract a reasonable offset for the use of the replacement vehicle. When you retain the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law® they will optimize these laws to the best of their ability and they will only receive a fee if you win your case. Consult with the experienced attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a free consultation if you believe you have a claim against your vehicle’s manufacturer.

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