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Maine Lemon Law FAQs

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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.

Covered Vehicles

The Maine Lemon Law covers all new or used cars sold or leased in Maine that are covered by a written warranty and intended for use on public roads and highways. It does not cover vehicles which weigh 8,500 pounds or more. However, the federal lemon law provides broader protection. The federal lemon law covers all consumer products that are covered by a warranty. This includes all consumer vehicles, both on and off-road, appliances, consumer electronics, toys, and other household goods.

Term of Protection

The Maine Lemon Law protects consumers for the term of the manufacturer’s written warranty, for three (3) years after the date of purchase or for 18,000 miles from purchase – whichever comes first. This means that as soon as one of these terms expires, the protection of the Maine Lemon Law comes to an end. This is just one of the reasons why it is crucial to consult an experienced Maine Lemon Law attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® as soon as you realize that your vehicle is defective as your attorney can help you to protect your rights before the term of the law expires.

However, even if Maine Lemon Law has expired, the federal lemon law may still apply as the federal lemon law extends to the entire term of the manufacturer’s written warranty.

Reasonable Repair Opportunity

Under the Maine Lemon Law, you are entitled to the remedies discussed above only after you have provided the manufacturer with a “reasonable opportunity to repair” the problems with your vehicle. In practice, this means that the manufacturer may generally have three (3) attempts to fix a single problem, one (1) attempt to fix a problem involving brakes or steering, or fifteen (15) total business days of repair attempts.

Once the manufacturer has been given a reasonable opportunity to repair the vehicle, you must give formal written notice to the manufacturer that the car is still not in compliance with the warranty. If it so chooses, the manufacturer may then make a final repair attempt before you are entitled to further relief under the Maine Lemon Law. In addition, in certain circumstances, you must participate in the manufacturer’s government-approved arbitration program before you can file a lawsuit to enforce your rights. Your experienced Maine Lemon Law attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to navigate these requirements and help you to get the best possible relief in the fastest possible time.

Maine Lemon Law

Every state in the nation has now enacted a “lemon law.” The “lemon law” is designed to protect car buyers who receive defective vehicles in violation of the manufacturer’s written warranty. The State of Maine is no exception. The Maine Lemon Law protects Maine consumers against manufacturers who sell or lease defective vehicles. Together with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (more commonly known as the federal lemon law), the Maine Lemon Law provides important legal protections to the citizens of Maine and allows Maine consumers to get the new car they paid for – or else the right to their money back or a replacement vehicle

The Maine Lemon Law covers defects or problems which substantially impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle. If the manufacturer (through its authorized dealers) cannot bring the vehicle into compliance with the written warranty after a “reasonable number of repair attempts,” then the Maine Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to provide a refund to the consumer or replace the vehicle. If the manufacturer offers a replacement vehicle, the buyer must approve it as the buyer has an unqualified right to reject the replacement vehicle and demand a refund instead.

If the consumer does elect a refund, the manufacturer must refund the full price paid for the vehicle, including any finance charges. The manufacturer must also refund or compensate the buyer for collateral charges, including government charges like taxes, registration fees, and titling fees. Additionally, the Maine Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to reimburse the buyer of their “lemon” vehicle for any fees they incurred as a result of the problem.

This includes towing charges, storage fees, and alternate transportation costs. From that amount, the manufacturer is entitled to a reasonable allowance for the buyer’s use of the vehicle (as outlined in the Maine Lemon Law) which will be deducted from the refund amount.

How to Get Relief

Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under the state or federal lemon law. You may be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your lemon. We have handled thousands of claims for both “lemon” vehicles and other consumer products since 1995 and over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial. We work extremely hard to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

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

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