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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 Vehicle Covered Under Tennessee Lemon Law?

Tennessee consumers who purchase or lease a lemon have legal protections available under the Tennessee Lemon Law. The Lemon Law is strong, and can work to protect you and get you back on the road in the car you deserve. If you purchased or leased a lemon in Tennessee, you may be entitled to have the manufacturer repurchase or replace the vehicle, and to collect any other charges or expenses you incurred, such as taxes, finance and interest charges, and registration and titling fees. An experienced Lemon Law Attorney can help you to navigate the applicable state and federal Lemon Laws and requirements, and get you back on the road in the new vehicle you deserve.

The Lemon Law applies to new consumer vehicles sold or leased in the State of Tennessee and weighing under 10,000 pounds. The law includes motorcycles, but does not include mopeds, motorhomes, lawnmowers, tractors, or off-road and recreational vehicles. The Lemon Law applies to problems or defects in those vehicles which “substantially impair” the vehicle. Tennessee defines a substantial impairment more broadly than many states, extending the Lemon Law to cover defects that the make the vehicle unreliable or unsafe as it is normally operated, or reduce the resale value of the vehicle below the average resale value for comparable vehicles. Generally speaking, the Lemon Law of Tennessee provides protection for one year from the date of the purchase or lease.

Do I Have Other Options Under Tennessee Lemon Law?

Even if your vehicle is not covered by the Lemon Law, or the problems with the vehicle do not substantially impair the vehicle, you may still be able to bring a legal claim if the problems are not corrected. The federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (sometimes known as the Federal Lemon Law), provides even greater protection than the Lemon Law of Tennessee. This federal law covers all consumer products, including vehicle types not protected under the Tennessee law, such as mopeds or lawn tractors. In addition, the Federal Lemon Law extends to all items covered by the vehicle’s warranty – even those which do not substantially impair the vehicle – and provides protection for the entire term of that warranty.

What To Do When Needed Help Regarding the Lemon Law?

In order to obtain relief under the Tennessee Lemon Law, you must first give the manufacturer (or dealer) a reasonable opportunity to repair the problems. This means that the manufacturer is allowed to try to make repairs up to three times, or for a grand total of thirty days, before you are entitled to bring a legal claim. In addition, before you can bring your claim, you must provide notice the problem to the manufacturer via certified mail, after which the manufacturer has a final ten days to repair the vehicle.

File Your Legal Claim with Tennessee Lemon Law Lawyers

Additionally, if your vehicle’s manufacturer has a dispute resolution procedure approved by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), you must submit to that procedure before you can file your legal claim. These procedures, and the hard-and-fast deadlines which come with them, can be frustrating for consumers without experience going through them on their own. The attorneys of Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® understand this frustration, and have experience handling these claims so that you do not have to go it alone.

Contact Tennessee Lemon Law Attorneys of Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®

If you believe that you may have a lemon, contact the Lemon Law attorneys of Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® as soon as possible – early action can be crucial to preserving your rights and getting results. Our attorneys will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you to chart a course to the car you bargained for. And because the manufacturer is required to pay your attorneys’ fees when you win your case, the Tennessee Lemon Law lawyers will never collect a fee unless you win or settle your case. So, we will never charge you a retainer up-front, and we seek to collect for our time from the manufacturer who sold you a lemon!

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