Know the 'Lemon Law' Basics

Levi Bloom

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When it comes to lemon laws, knowing the basics can be the difference between whether or not you get screwed over or get the chance to recover the money that you spent on the car. This article will help you to uncover the basics behind the lemon laws. Keep in mind that this is just an overview and each of these laws varies by state.

The state and federal statutes offer a wide array of relief for consumers who get stuck with a bad car or truck after they buy. At the same time, these statutes provide buyers with the chance for recovery of costs and attorney fees which are a strong incentive for attorneys who would like to take up the cause on behalf of unhappy lemon owners.

For the sake of this article, I will call them “lemon laws. ” Lemon laws basically outline all of the procedures that are used in order to settle these sorts of new car problems.

Again, these lemon laws differ from one state to another, but lemon laws in general are designed to provide the owner with a refund or replacement vehicle should a problem occur.

For example, some states mandate a refund or a new car if a large enough problem cannot be repaired within four tries, or if the car has been out of service for around a month within the first year or 12,000 miles.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as: some states only provide you with the chance to make one attempt for significant safety related issues such as the brakes or steering.

Some states do not even stop with just providing lemon owners with either a refund or a new car. Some of them will also let you recover any sort of attorney's fees that you encounter during your pursuit of some satisfaction from your purchase of a lemon.

It is always good to know that you can get some sort of return on your money when you buy a lemon. It happens so often that eventually there was bound to be some laws protecting buyers.

What is sometimes sad about the lemon laws is that they do not necessarily help you, depending on your specific situation. However, this varies by situation, so if you think you have a lemon, do something about it!

Levi Bloom is a contributor to automotive sites such as Check it out to learn everything you need to know about buying a new or used car .


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