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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.

What Is Considered a Lemon?

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.

Types of Defects and non-conformities that are covered by state and federal lemon laws.

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 restrict
coverage 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.

Reasonable Number of Repair Attempts or Time to Repair the Vehicle

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 least
3 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.

If you need help proving you have purchased or leased a lemon or with the lemon law for your car, contact us today for a
FREE CASE REVIEW. We can help you get the justice you deserve.

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