State Lemon Laws

Q: What if my car doesn't classify as a Lemon, but still has plenty of problems?

A:  You always have some form of recourse if the car that you have been sold has plenty of problems, particularly if they are severe.

First of all, most states define a car to be a lemon if the car has had repeated problems.  You should carefully document all problems that you have had with your car from the start in case your car does in fact become classified as a lemon.

Second of all, there are two sets of national laws that may protect you.  These laws provide general protection for any purchase, but also may apply for cars:

  • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act - protects the buyers of any product that cost more than $25 and came with a written warranty 
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) - a broad-reaching set of laws that covers contracts governing the purchase and sale of products.

Third, your problem may be shared by many other consumers as well.  If this defect is at all life threatening, and under certain other conditions lawsuits may be filed against the manufacturer.  Most lemon law attorneys are aware of these problems, and may be able to help you seek financial compensation. 

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