In every state in America, consumers are protected by so-called lemon laws, which provide remedies for those who purchase vehicles that are proven to be poorly designed or otherwise problematic. The impetus for these laws came from the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the federal law that covers people throughout the United States. In addition to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, states may their own set of laws regarding lemons, or defective cars. If you've purchased a car that you believe is a lemon, you need to ensure that your rights are protected; the best way to do that is by hiring an attorney who specializes in lemon law.
Understanding Your Rights As A Consumer
Many people think that buying a used car voids any warranty and is an "as is" situation. The truth is, though, that lemon laws may still protect you even if the vehicle you've purchased is used. Keep the following points in mind to understand your rights:
- Whether it won't start, has stalled repeatedly or otherwise won't work properly, if you have purchased a used car that you were told was operational and it isn't, you may have a case.
- Depending on the specific vehicle problem that you are experiencing, the state that you live in may have laws on the books that protect you. However, since those laws do vary from state to state, the counsel of a qualified lawyer is highly recommended.
- If several reasonable attempts to work with the car dealer or seller have been made - but the problem still exists - it is imperative to refer to the existing lemon laws for your state. While the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act covers mechanical issues, individual state laws may cover additional scenarios. A local consumer law attorney who specializes in lemon law cases should be able to point you in the right direction.