Watch this short video to learn how auto manufactures can compensate you for your Lemon.
Watch this short video to learn how auto manufactures can compensate you for your Lemon.
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.
For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...read more
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.
We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To st...read more
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.
As one of the country's largest and most experienced Lemon Law firms, Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consume...read more
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.
Vermont residents purchasing a new car may worry what happens if they receive a “lemon,” that unlucky new car which breaks down frequently and has constant problems that must be repaired. Fortunately, if that is to occur, Vermont residents have both state and federal laws that protect them if they purchase such vehicles and provide that the manufacturer who sold the defective car must repair the car or provide a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation. The Vermont Lemon Law and the Federal Lemon Law (known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) work together to protect Vermont consumers as they make one of the biggest purchases of their lives.
The Vermont Lemon Law applies to passenger vehicles which are purchased, leased, or registered in Vermont and which are covered by a manufacturer’s written warranty. The Vermont Lemon Law does not apply to commercial vehicles such as construction equipment or roadwork vehicles, snowmobiles, tractors, motorcycles or mopeds, the living portion of recreational vehicles, or any other vehicle which weighs over 12,000 pounds. However, the Federal Lemon Law extends to all consumer products sold with a warranty. That means that the Federal Lemon Law covers motorcycles, mopeds, and snowmobiles sold to consumers as well as consumer electronics, appliances and any other consumer goods covered by a warranty.
The Vermont Lemon Law protects consumers who purchase covered vehicles with defects which substantially impair the use, market value or safety of the vehicle. The Federal Lemon Law, however, provides much broader protection – it covers all defects in the vehicle or product which are themselves covered under the warranty, regardless of whether the defect is substantial. Likewise, the Vermont Lemon Law extends protection for only a limited period of time while Federal Lemon Law protects consumers for the entire period of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Before you can obtain relief under the Vermont Lemon Law, you must allow the manufacturer a “reasonable number of repair attempts” to fix the problems with your vehicle. The Vermont Lemon Law presumes that you have met this requirement if the manufacturer has made three (3) attempts to fix the same problem, yet the problem persists, or if the manufacturer’s repairs have put the vehicle out of service for a total of thirty (3) days or more, even if those days are not consecutive.
After you have provided the manufacturer with a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair the vehicle, you must send written notice that the vehicle is still defective and give the manufacturer one (1) final opportunity to repair the vehicle. The requirements for this final notice and final opportunity to repair are quite formal and strict so you should contact an experienced Vermont Lemon Law Attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® who can assist you and ensure that you comply with these requirements and preserve your rights under the Vermont Lemon Law.
Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under the Vermont Lemon Law or the Federal Lemon Law. You may be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your “sour lemon.” Over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial and we work extremely hard to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.
We work with Vermont attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in of-counsel relationships to handle lemon law claims for consumers in Vermont. We stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your lemon law claim.
What does the manufacturer have to do?
If the manufacturer in unable to bring your car into compliance with the warranty it issued and violates the Vermont Lemon Law, it must repurchase the vehicle (provide you with a refund) or replace the vehicle. Pursuant to the Vermont Lemon Law, It is you, not the manufacturer, who is allowed to choose whether you will receive a refund or a replacement vehicle.
If you choose to receive a refund, the manufacturer must repay you the full purchase price of the car. This includes any amounts you were credited for a trade-in vehicle, any finance or credit charges you paid and any fees such as taxes, titling, registration or similar government fees. The manufacturer may also be required to pay your incidental and consequential damages, which means that you may be entitled to compensation for any towing fees you paid or alternative transportation arrangements you were forced to make while your car was out of service. After everything has been calculated, the manufacturer may deduct an allowance for the time you were able to use the car while you owned it.
If you choose to receive a replacement vehicle, the manufacturer must provide you with an identical or comparable vehicle, which must have all the same options and accessories as your original car.
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