When you buy a car, you expect it to work. You count on it. In fact, if you bought a brand new car, one of the main reasons that you did so might be that you did not want to have to worry about repairs for several years. You were willing to pay more money to avoid the hassle.
But what if your car is a lemon and it’s always in the shop? Clearly, this is not good for the bottom line. You have to get it fixed. That may be covered by the warranty, but that doesn’t mean you don’t lose money. A few other ways it impacts your life include:
- You can miss time at work if it breaks down during your commute or if you have to skip work to take it to the shop.
- You may need to borrow or rent a car until yours is fixed, even if that takes weeks.
- The rental car may get worse gas mileage than your own vehicle was supposed to, meaning it’s constantly costing you extra as you wait.
- If your car has a dangerous defect, it could even cause an accident when it breaks down in traffic.
In short, it’s not as if a lemon just means you have to get it fixed and that the company pays for it. It’s a tremendous hassle, and a costly one, especially if it happens repeatedly.
What can you do?
If you find yourself in this position, rest assured that you deserve a better product than you got. The law is on your side and you need to know exactly what steps you can take to fight back and assert your rights.