If you have ever bought a car, you may be familiar with the term "lemon." This is when a vehicle has been known to have problems and is often called "undrivable." Many people don't understand that the law protects them from buying lemons. This law is known as the Federal Lemon Law Act. Our California lemon law attorneys discuss what this act entails and how it can help you if you have ever purchased a "lemon."
How the Federal Lemon Law Act Protects You
The Federal Lemon Law Act was enacted in 1975 and is also known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This law is aimed at protecting consumers from buying lemons. The act requires manufacturers to provide a warranty on their vehicles. If a car turns out to be a lemon, the manufacturer is required to either replace the car or refund the purchase price.
To qualify for this protection, the vehicle must:
- Be substantially impaired in use, value, or safety
- Have warranty coverage for the problems with the vehicle
- You must have attempted to get the vehicle repaired multiple times, or the vehicle must be in the shop for an unreasonable amount of days.
Your Next Step
If you think you have a lemon on your hands, the first step is to reach out to an experienced California lemon law attorney. They will be able to review your case and let you know if you are entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle. There are usually no upfront retainer fees when hiring a lemon law attorney. Both federal and state lemon laws require the manufacturer to pay for your attorney's fees. Do not hesitate to reach out for help, as the longer, you wait, the harder it may be to get compensation.
Got a Lemon In Your Hands?
If you think you may have purchased a lemon, our California lemon law attorneys can help. We will review your case and let you know if you qualify for protection under the Federal Lemon Law Act. We will work to get you the best possible outcome if you do. This may include a replacement car or a refund of the purchase price.