Bought a Lemon? You May Be Entitled to Compensation
While caveat emptor may carry the day when it comes to the purchase of many consumer goods, it might not necessarily apply if you bought a "lemon" automobile.
A lemon is a vehicle (car, boat, motorcycle, RV, etc.) that continues to have some nonconformity that substantially impairs its:
- value, or
Generally, if your car has had to be repaired 4 or more times for the same nonconformity within the Warranty Period and the nonconformity has not been rectified, the car qualifies as a Lemon. The definition assumes that if the problem continues to recur, there is probably something intrinsically wrong with the way in which the car was manufactured.
You can imagine, by analogy for example, in making 10,000 chocolate bars, at least one will come out with an incorrectly stamped design, or will not be cut properly. Likewise, in vehicles the manufacturing errors may be present at the time the car leaves the factory, but because the parts are inside of the engine or what have you, they may not be readily apparent.
Lemon Law remedies can include:
- a manufacturer buyback of the defective vehicle
- a replacement vehicle
- monetary damages
State laws vary regarding the required time, odometer mileage, number of repair attempts and calendar days that a vehicle is out of service in order to legally constitute a lemon. Consult with a Lemon Law Attorney in your state to find out your state's specific auto lemon laws, including whether you may be entitled to a remedy under the relevant statute.
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