Fight Back Using Your State's Lemon Laws

Lemon Laws are designed to protect you as a consumer if a manufactuer fails to comply with their warranty. Lemon laws also restrict manufacturers from selling or recycling consumer products that they know do not work. These laws are your protection from greedy companies and they set reasonable expectations for doing business.

Lemon laws are in place in all 50 states and they vary state by state. Some states cover used or leased cars and others don't. Only about half of the states allow you to recover attorney fees. In most states you are covered by the lemon law if the vehicle has been in the repair shop for an accumulative number of days during the coverage period.

If you have a lemon, but do nothing to protect your consumer rights, such as documenting your repairs and allowing the manufacturer a chance to fix the problem, you will lose all rights under the various state warranty acts. Remember, for lemon laws to apply, the vehicle must still be under warranty. Your lemon law period ends, in many states, two years after the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle.

If you think you might have a case, check out the state lemon law for where you live, and contact an attorney in the state where you purchased your vehicle. Many state lemon laws also provide for attorney fees. Most states' lemon laws are spelled out in their legal code. While the laws are different in each state, most states agree that if a vehicle has defects that cannot be fixed after a reasonable number of attempts, the owner of the vehicle is entitled to seek damages.

What this means is that you really need an expert, most likely an attorney who specializes in lemon laws. So when you have finally "just had it" with that lemon of yours, do some research and start the process to get you money back and have justice served!

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