You recently bought a car, but, after taking it off the lot, you found that there were defects that were not listed. It can be frustrating to find that a car you recently purchased isn’t usable, which can be frustrating if you have to drive it frequently, especially if you financed the vehicle. What may have happened is that you were tricked into buying a lemon.
A “lemon” is a vehicle that shouldn’t ever make it onto the streets because of its issues, yet is sold so that the dealer can get some money back. As a result, people have to resort to learning about their lemon laws to ensure they get their money back.
However, because of the misconceptions about lemon laws, many people put off filing a lawsuit. Here’s what’s commonly confused for the truth:
Myth #1: Lemon laws don’t apply to new cars
Truth: Lemon laws cover all kinds of vehicles: new and old alike. The main thing to focus on is if the vehicle has an issue that can’t be fixed after a reasonable amount of attempts.
Myth #2: It only takes three repairs to consider a car a lemon
Truth: A responsible amount of repairs depend on several factors. First, the vehicle’s problem should be covered under the warranty. Second, the problem has to be a safety issue, that impairs its use or reduces its value. Third, the issue wasn’t caused by unreasonable use or repair of the vehicle.
When determining if your vehicle is a lemon, it may be best to reach out for legal help. Protecting your rights as a consumer isn’t easy to do on your own.