Lemon laws are state laws that offer some relief to people who have bought cars that continuously do not meet quality and performance standards. While the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act does protect all Americans, most states have their own additional laws, called lemon laws that define what a lemon is in that particular state. State laws can vary greatly from state to state and what you may consider a lemon may not meet your individual state’s definition.
Generally, if you’ve had your car in for repair at least four times for the same problem, you may have a lemon. If you suspect your car is a lemon, there are certain things you need to do to prove your case.
Keep All Your Paperwork
It is vitally important to be able to prove your car is a lemon. One way to do this is to keep all paperwork associated with your automobile. Hang onto all work orders, receipts, the owner’s manual, and any warranty information that was provided to you when you bought the car.
Write down as best as you can remember any conversations you’ve had with anyone who’s worked on your car at the dealership. Write down the date and time you spoke with each person whether it was on the telephone or in person.
Ask for Service Bulletins
The dealership you take your car into to be repaired will probably not provide you with any service bulletins from the manufacturer regarding your specific make and model of vehicle. It is up to you to ask for them, and if you suspect your car is a lemon, it is highly suggested that you do so.
Consult an Attorney
If you believe your car is a lemon, you should consult a qualified attorney in your state to see if you have a claim under your state’s lemon laws. Make sure the attorney you consult is familiar with lemon laws of your state.
It can be frustrating to keep taking your car into the dealership for the same problem over and over again. If this is happening to you, it’s possible your car is a lemon and you may want to investigate whether or not your car falls under your individual state’s definition of a lemon.