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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?

Before being able to reap the benefits of the lemon law, you must allow the manufacturer or dealer t...

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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?

Most state lemon laws require that for the car owner or lessee to recover, they must prove that the ...

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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?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...

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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®?

We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To st...

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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