Consumers in South Carolina expect to get what they pay for when they purchase a new car. They expect to receive a vehicle complete with not only a new car smell but all parts in perfect working order. Unfortunately, for many car buyers, this is not reality. Instead of a perfect new car, many consumers may receive a “lemon;” a car so defective that is more burden than joy.
South Carolina Lemon Law Info:
Fortunately, both South Carolina state law and federal law protect consumers in South Carolina who purchase a “lemon.” The South Carolina Lemon Law and the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act require that manufacturers of “lemon” vehicles sold in South Carolina make things right. If you believe that you have been sold a “lemon,” an experienced lemon law lawyer at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to enforce your consumer rights under state and/or federal law.
Is My Car a Lemon? Get Help From South Carolina Lemon Law
The South Carolina Lemon Law covers passenger motor vehicles, such as cars, vans and small trucks. This means that the other vehicles such as large trucks or buses, motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, the living portion of recreational vehicles and off-road vehicles are not covered.
Additional Rights Under The South Carolina Lemon Law
In addition, a passenger motor vehicle only qualifies as a “lemon” under the state law if it has a nonconformity that substantially impairs its use, has a serious negative effect on safety, or will lower its market value significantly. If a vehicle has an eligible nonconformity (or nonconformities), and the manufacturer is unable to repair the vehicle in a reasonable number of attempts, then the consumer has additional rights under the South Carolina Lemon Law.
The Federal Lemon Law
Federal law applies to all consumer products, not just vehicles, including electronics, appliances, and yes, even off-road vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs. In addition, federal law covers any aspect of the vehicle so no problems are too “small” to trigger protection under the law. Thus, even if a manufacturer is telling you that your car isn’t bad enough to qualify as a “lemon,” you may still be entitled to relief and should contact an experienced lemon law attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to discuss your potential options.
What Does the Manufacturer Have to Do Under South Carolina Lemon Law?
Before the manufacturer is required to take action, you must inform it of the problems with the vehicle. After notification, the manufacturer must repair the vehicle in a reasonable time. Generally speaking, this is a “three strikes” policy: if the manufacturer tries to repair the car three (3) times and fails, the vehicle may be considered a “lemon” and the manufacturer is out of luck. In addition, if the car is out of service thirty (30) or more days for repairs, the manufacturer has been given a reasonable chance to repair it (although this period may be extended in cases of natural disaster or other similar catastrophic events beyond the manufacturer’s control).
Once the manufacturer has been given “a reasonable opportunity to repair the vehicle,” it must repurchase the vehicle (provide a refund) or replace the vehicle with a similar vehicle. The manufacturer must also return other expenses incurred, such as finance charges, sales tax, license and registration fees and other charges. The manufacturer may even be required to reimburse the consumer for other incidental expenses like replacement transportation while the car was out of service!
Contact an experienced Lemon Law attorney today!
Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under state and/or federal law. You may be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your “lemon.” Since our inception in 1995, we have handled thousands of claims for both “lemon” automobiles and other consumer products and over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial. We promise to work diligently to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.
We work with South Carolina lemon law attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in of-counsel relationships to handle South Carolina lemon law claims. As experienced lemon law lawyers, we stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your claim.