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.
The Virginia Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act, commonly known as the Virginia Lemon Law, protects Virginia resident who purchase or lease new vehicles which do not live up to the manufacturer’s warranty. Specifically, the Virginia Lemon Law relates to cars and trucks that develop significant, recurring problems after the consumer signs on the dotted line. The Virginia Lemon Law, in combination with federal law, protects Virginia consumers who “get a lemon,” and works to force manufacturers to honor their obligations and provide customers with the new, working cars they thought they were buying or leasing in the first place!
Virginia consumers are protected when they buy or lease passenger vehicles which carry no more than ten (10) people (including the driver), as well as pickups and panel trucks which weigh 7,500 pounds or less. The Virginia Lemon Law also extends its coverage to motorcycles, mopeds, and even the motorized (self-propelled) chassis of motor homes regardless of whether all of these vehicles were purchased or leased.
Vehicles other than those aforementioned are often also protected. The Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the Federal Lemon Law, covers all types of consumer vehicles, as well as other consumer products such as appliances, electronics, and household goods.
The Virginia Lemon Law protects against “nonconformities,” defined as problems or defects in the vehicle which are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and which significantly impair the market value, safety, or use of the vehicle. To qualify as a significant impairment, the problem must make the car unfit, unsafe, or unreliable for its ordinary, reasonable use. However, the Federal Lemon Law extends further and protects against all defects and problems covered by the warranty, regardless of the significance or insignificance of the impairment.
Seeking Relief Under The Virginia Lemon Law
Before seeking relief under the Virginia Lemon Law, you must first give the manufacturer a reasonable chance to repair the problems. This means that, for most problems, the manufacturer may make three (3) attempts to fix the problem. If, however, the problem is a serious safety issue (meaning it is life-threatening, could cause serious injury or could cause an explosion or fire), then the manufacturer has only one (1) chance to fix the problem. In addition, regardless of the type of covered defect, if the car is out of service for thirty (30) days or more in a single year (even if those days do not occur all at once), then the Virginia Lemon Law recognizes the fact that the manufacturer has been given a reasonable opportunity to make repairs.
Under both the Virginia Lemon Law and the Federal Lemon Law, if an automobile manufacturer fails to repair the problem after a “reasonable number of attempts,” then the buyer can seek legal relief. The manufacturer must provide the buyer with a replacement vehicle or a full refund. Virginia consumers do not have to accept a replacement vehicle offered by the manufacturer; they have the absolute right to demand a refund instead. The manufacturer also must pay the buyer’s attorneys’ fees (fees incurred enforcing the buyer’s rights under the Virginia Lemon Law or the Federal Lemon Law), as well as various other fees and charges. This includes finance charges, registration and titling fees, taxes, and other expenses.
How Do I Get Relief?
To obtain relief under the Virginia Lemon Law, you must file a claim within eighteen (18) months from the date on which you received the vehicle. However, under the Federal Lemon Law, you are protected for the entire length of the warranty.
Qualify Under The Virginal Lemon Law
Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under either Virginia or Federal lemon law. You could be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your “lemon.” Over 97% of our cases settle without going to trial and we work to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.
Virginia Attorneys Associated With Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®
We work with Virginia lemon law attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in an “of-counsel” relationship to handle lemon law claims for consumers in Virginia. We stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your lemon law claim. The experienced lemon law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help get the relief you deserve.
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