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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®?

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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?

Perhaps the greatest fear of any new-car buyer is discovering that they are the unlucky purchaser of a “lemon.” Indeed, the epidemic of lemon vehicles is so pronounced that all states, including Wisconsin, have enacted consumer-protection laws just for the purchasers of such vehicles. These laws are affectionately referred to as “lemon laws,” and the Wisconsin Lemon Law is a perfect example. If you have recently purchased or leased a vehicle in Wisconsin and did not receive the well functioning, reliable new car you bargained for, these lemon laws provide you with important rights and protections. It also requires the manufacturer to repair, repurchase or replace the defective vehicle.

The Wisconsin Lemon Law covers any motor driven vehicle that is purchased or leased in Wisconsin. This includes motorcycles, demonstrators, or executive vehicles, but does not include mopeds, semitrailers, or trailers designed for use in combination with a truck or truck tractor. In addition, it does not cover previously-owned vehicles purchased from a dealer but does apply to vehicles transferred during the warranty period if they were not transferred for the purpose of resale.

Federal law is able to expand upon these covered vehicles and provides more comprehensive protection to the purchaser of any consumer product. Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to determine whether your vehicle or other consumer product is covered by either state or federal lemon laws.

What Problems or Defects are Covered?

The Wisconsin Lemon Law protects consumers from vehicle “nonconformities,” or items covered by the manufacturer’s warranty that substantially impair the use, safety, or value of your vehicle. Under the Wisconsin Lemon Law, defects and nonconformities must arise within one year after the vehicle has been delivered and must be reported to the manufacturer or dealer within that period. The federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, however, provides protection for the entire warranty period. Therefore, Wisconsin vehicles with five or ten year warranties – or longer – are still protected under Federal lemon law.

Both Wisconsin and Federal Lemon Laws provide a series of deadlines and requirements, which you must meet in order to take advantage of the full protection of the law. To make sure that you meet these deadlines and are able to obtain relief under the correct laws, contact the experienced Lemon Law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a free case review.

What Does the Manufacturer Have To Do?

The manufacturer, through its dealerships, must repair any covered defects under the Wisconsin Lemon Law. If your new car is not what you were promised, then the dealer is legally required to attempt to fix it.

But what if it’s not a simple fix? The manufacturer is entitled to a “reasonable opportunity to repair” the vehicle – but if it fails to do so, the lemon law in Wisconsin gives you additional rights. In the state of Wisconsin, a reasonable opportunity to repair is generally four failed attempts, or more than thirty days during which your vehicle is out of service due to repairs.

If your vehicle is still not properly functioning after a reasonable opportunity to repair, the Wisconsin Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to repurchase or replace your vehicle. Although the shape of this remedy varies depending on the type of vehicle, whether you purchased or leased the vehicle, and the number of miles you have put on it, as a general matter, you are entitled to a comparable new car or your money back – including finance charges and any incidental charges you incurred due to the defect (such as the cost of other transportation while your car was out of service). The Wisconsin Lemon Law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you determine what is required from your manufacturer and how to enforce the rights you have living in the state of Wisconsin.

Updates to the Law

It is important to note that the Wisconsin Lemon Law has recently changed – one set of rules applies to cars purchased or leased before March 1, 2014, and a different set of rules applies to cars purchased or leased after that date.

The principal change to the Wisconsin Lemon Law is the addition of heavy involvement by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The experienced Lemon Law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to determine whether the changes to the law will impact your case and can help you navigate the new bureaucratic hurdles so that you can get the best result regardless of the date of your purchase or lease. The Wisconsin Lemon Law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® know the “ins” and “outs” of these laws and will seek to get you the results you deserve, whether you purchased before or after the change.

What Should I Do if I Have a Lemon?

If you suspect you have a lemon, you should contact the experienced Lemon Law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a free case review. We can help you determine whether you are entitled to a refund or a new vehicle or monetary damages.

Additionally, both the Wisconsin Lemon Law and Federal Law provide that if you recover in a court of law, the manufacturer who manufactured and/or warranted your “lemon” must pay for the time that your attorneys spent enforcing your rights. This way, you can enforce your rights even if you do not have the money to pay for an attorney yourself. This is why the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® do not charge any attorneys’ fees.

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