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.
The dealer or manufacturer has one chance to fix a brake or steering failure that may cause the vehicle to fail a safety inspection. If it fails, you can choose to either get your money back or get your vehicle replaced.
The dealer or manufacturer has four chances to fix one defect that has a substantial impact on the vehicle’s market value. If this fails, you can choose to either get your money back or get the vehicle replaced. Finally, if your vehicle is out of service for a total of at least 30 days due to a defect, you can get your money back or have the vehicle replaced. Keep in mind that the 30 days do not have to be consecutive in order for your vehicle to be considered a lemon. Once You Notice a Defect As soon as you notice a defect, you should write a letter to the vehicle’s manufacturer regarding the defect and send it via mail. In the meantime, you can make the repairs, as this will not affect your case. The dealer or manufacturer must make the correct fixes to your car within 30 days after receiving your letter. At the Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® , our team can help you with every aspect of your Maryland lemon law case. Through decades of combined experience with lemon laws, we can walk you through the steps to help you obtain relief. Please contact us at 1-800-USLEMON or fill out your information online to receive a free initial case evaluation!
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