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Utah Lemon Law FAQs

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

Utah Lemon Law

Utah consumers who purchase new cars and other new vehicles expect those vehicles to work perfectly. Unfortunately, sometimes they do not and the buyer is stuck with a “lemon.” When this occurs, a buyer is often forced to resort to utilizing the state or federal lemon law to convince a manufacturer to honor their warranty and make things right.

Covered Vehicles Under Utah Lemon Law

The Utah Lemon Law provides protection to consumers in Utah who buy vehicles intended for use on the roads and highways. The law covers cars, trucks, and vans as well as motorcycles and the self-propelled (motorized) portion of a motor home. It does not, however, cover any vehicle which is principally used as a home, office, or business, nor does it cover farm or road tractors, off-road motorcycles, mobile homes, or any vehicle weighing over 12,000 pounds. It protects only new vehicles, defined as vehicles which have never before been titled or registered and which have been used for less than 7,500 miles at the time of sale.

The Federal Lemon Law (formally known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act), is also applicable in Utah and provides even broader protection. The Federal Lemon Law covers all consumer products, from vehicles of all types to electronics and other consumer and household goods.

Covered Defects Under Utah Lemon Law

The Utah Lemon Law provides protection against any problem or defect which is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and “substantially impairs” the market value, use or safety of your vehicle. This means that not all problems which occur in the vehicle are covered – only those which are serious enough to qualify as a substantial impairment. The Utah Lemon Law only covers defects or problems which emerge during the first year after purchase or the warranty period of the car, whichever comes first.

Even if a defect does not fall under the Utah Lemon Law, this does not mean that if you purchased a “lemon” that you have no rights. Again, the Federal Lemon Law provides broader protection than the State Lemon Law. Under the Federal Lemon Law, all defects covered by the manufacturer’s warranty are covered by the law, even those which do no substantially impair your vehicle as required under state law. The Federal Lemon Law also extends for the full period of the manufacturer’s warranty. Put another way, under the Federal Lemon Law, if it’s important to you, and it’s under warranty, it’s covered.

Reasonable Number of Attempts to Repair Covered Defects

Before seeking relief under the Utah Lemon Law, you must first give the manufacturer a reasonable opportunity – a reasonable number of attempts – to fix the problems. A reasonable opportunity to fix the problems typically means four (4) chances: if the manufacturer fails to fix it after four (4) tries, it has had a reasonable chance. In addition, if the repairs add up to a total of thirty (30) or more business days, even if these days do not happen all at once, then the manufacturer has had its reasonable opportunity.

Enforcing your legal rights Under Utah Lemon Law

If your car’s manufacturer has failed to comply with the Utah Lemon Law, the Federal Lemon Law, or both, then you are entitled to relief. The manufacturer must either replace your vehicle, provide you with a full refund which includes various other charges you incurred, such as taxes, titling and registration fees or cash compensation. In addition, the manufacturer must also pay for your attorneys’ fees spent enforcing your legal rights.

It is important to note that before filing suit, consumers must submit to any arbitration or mediation procedure which the manufacturer has had approved by the State of Utah. These procedures can feel overwhelming and can often be a source of stress to consumers. An experienced Lemon Law attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to navigate these procedures (and any subsequent court action) with as little stress and worry as possible.

Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under the lemon law. You may be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your lemon under the State or Federal lemon laws. Over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial and we pursue your case with the goal of getting your claim settled as quickly as possible.

We work with Utah attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in an “of-counsel relationship” to handle lemon law claims for consumers in Utah.

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