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.
Few things trump the thrill of purchasing a new car but unfortunately that thrill can be erased faster than you know once you realize that you purchased a lemon vehicle. It becomes an immediate disaster on every level. It’s a financial disaster because it is expensive just to keep your “new” car running. It’s an emotional disaster because you can’t think of anything else but the expensive piece of junk staring at you as it sits in your driveway. Even more disturbing is the fact that you and your loved ones may be riding around in a dangerous automobile. That is why you can obtain relief in the form of the New York Lemon Law which is applicable to new cars, trucks and motorcycles with a defect that repeatedly occurs within the first 24 months or 18,000 miles.
The New York Lemon Law covers any defect that substantially impairs the value of your vehicle. This may include but is not limited to such things as defective brakes or a defective steering system that can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle or a defective engine that results in frequent and unexplained stalling that can leave both the driver and your new car stranded in dangerous places. It may also include defects that are not safety related. Simply put, if you are experiencing ongoing defects with your vehicle, you paid too much money for it and are entitled to relief!
When confronted with the obvious fact that their newly purchased car or truck is a lemon because of continuous problems that affect the engine, transmission, brakes, or any other vital part of the vehicle, most consumers feel helpless. They oftentimes chalk up the lemon to an expensive learning experience.
However, a lemon in your driveway should be much more than just a learning experience. At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we understand the stress and confusion this causes and we understand the importance of having a reliable automobile.
Transportation you can trust is often at the core of your productive workday. At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we know exactly what to look for when you contact us about your defective vehicle. We also know the best and most reliable ways to prove your Lemon Law case. We can review your case free of charge to see if you qualify for compensation under either the New York Lemon Law or the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
A large majority of our cases are settled without a trial and we work to get your claim settled as quickly as possible so that you are back on the road - safely. At Krohn & Moss, Consumer Law Center®, we provide effective legal representation for anyone who is a victim of a defective car, truck, or motorcycle. If you want to get rid of that lemon in your driveway, give the legal keys to us. Call Krohn & Moss, Consumer Law Center® today.
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