General Information Regarding Lemon Laws and How to Start the Process
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Lemon law issues are relatively new in the legal arena. These laws are ones which are used to protect consumers in the purchase of automobiles. The enactment of these laws was for the purpose of providing legal avenues for individuals to pursue when they were sold a defective vehicle. The following paragraphs will describe lemon laws and show how one can go about starting the process to bring a lemon law claim.
What Are Lemon Laws?
Lemon laws are laws which aid individuals in pursuing claims against car manufacturers when they purchase a defective new vehicle. These laws help individuals to pursue their claims against corporate giants, so to speak, and give the car buyers avenues to bring suit against manufacturers who produce defective automobiles. These laws apply in certain circumstances with regard to defective automobiles and lemon laws are inapplicable with regard to car dealerships.
Application of Lemon Laws
Lemon laws will only apply in certain circumstances when it comes to defective components in a newly purchased automobile. For example, one can only bring a Lemon law claim against car manufacturers when the defective component of their new car is a single defect that causes repeated problems. In other words, a car which has various problems and each only occur once would not be considered a lemon car.
Also, as Lemon laws vary from state to state, there will be different requirements in order for the car to be deemed a lemon. As a general rule, most states require that the defective component will have had to have numerous repair attempts before the automobile can be considered a lemon. These repair attempts are ones which many states require to be attempted during the warranty period.
How to Start the Lemon Law Process
The Lemon law process is one which will vary from state to state. In certain states, an individual can pursue a claim under Lemon laws without having the assistance of an attorney. On the other hand, some Lemon law claims are quite involved and the aid of an attorney is highly recommended in order to better understand the procedure and have help in pursuing one’s claim in a clear and concise manner.
Prior to bringing about a claim based on the Lemon laws, one must be sure that they qualify for protection under these Lemon laws. Therefore, one will benefit greatly by obtaining more information regarding Lemon laws in the state in which the individual lives. Much of this information can be gained from local governmental entities and the Internet. Many state government websites now include information about state Lemon laws and provide detailed guidelines on how to start the Lemon law claim process. This will at least give individuals a starting point relative to bringing about a claim under the Lemon laws. One may also wish to have a consultation with a local attorney regarding the Lemon laws to learn more about these laws and determine whether legal representation will be necessary to pursue this claim.
Possible Remedies under the Lemon Laws
The Lemon law process is not one which will take a few days to resolve. As with any legal matter, the process may be a timely one. However, it is worth the extra time and effort to make it more likely that the consumer will receive certain remedies under the Lemon laws. Again, Lemon laws vary from state to state and therefore, so will the remedies concomitant with these laws. There are a few different types of remedies which may be offered to the consumer if it is determined that the automobile manufacturer violated these Lemon laws.
Some of the possible remedies available to the consumer may be replacing the Lemon vehicle with a new one, having the manufacturer buy the car back from the individual plus any costs expended by the consumer and perhaps even award legal fees. The purpose behind awarding remedies is to make the wronged individual whole again.
Lemon laws were enacted to protect the automobile buying consumer who has been the unlucky recipient of a new vehicle with repeated problems of the same kind. As vehicles are a pricey and necessary investment, the legislature wants to ensure that the money which is expended on a purchase of this type will yield the best possible product. Therefore, if one experiences problems of a Lemon law nature, it is best to find out more about these laws in one’s state and take the necessary measures to ensure protection under these laws.