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 State of Washington has one of the nation’s most comprehensive lemon laws. Unlike some states that are limited to a period of time or mileage prior to the expiration of the factory warranty accompanying a motor vehicle, the Washington Lemon Law looks to the entire duration of the factory warranty to determine if a violation has occurred. So long as the purchaser or lessee of a defective vehicle has tendered the vehicle for repair at least one (1) time during the duration of the factory warranty and thereafter given the manufacturer, through its authorized dealers, a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle, relief may be had.
The Lemon Law in the state of Washington covers “new” or “used” vehicles that were originally purchased or leased within the state and that were intended for use on public roads, including motorcycles. However, the vehicle must weigh less than 19,000 pounds and must have been covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty when sold.
A consumer must provide the manufacturer, through its dealers, with a reasonable number of attempts to repair a condition that originally manifested during the factory warranty on the vehicle. Accordingly, even if the first repair was at the last mile remaining on the factory warranty and the manufacturer failed to repair after being afforded a reasonable number of attempts after the warranty expired, the consumer may still qualify for relief. A reasonable number of attempts is defined as at least two (2) repairs for a safety defect and at least four (4) repairs for a non-safety defect; or the vehicle must have been out of service for at least thirty (30) days of which fifteen (15) days occurred during the factory warranty.
Consumers may recover a “refund” or a “replacement” vehicle at the consumer’s option if they prevail. A refund shall include all sales taxes paid, unused registration charges, finance interest charges, and any collateral damages, including towing charges and rental fees. A consumer may also recover attorneys’ fees.
To determine if you qualify for relief under the Washington State Lemon Law or under any other consumer laws, such as the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, contact the experienced lemon law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®.
The Washington Lemon Law covers all conditions, defects, or general problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle.
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