If you buy a defective product at a store, the procedure to take it back and get a refund or replacement is fairly straightforward. However, when you encounter similar issues with a newly purchased vehicle (commonly called a “lemon”), this process won’t be as clear-cut.
It’s common to hear of a car described as a “lemon,” but what does this really mean? Who decides what qualifies as a lemon? Each state has its own lemon laws which can help consumers seek refunds or replacements for defective cars they’ve purchased.
The last thing you want when you purchase a vehicle is to end up driving a lemon. Unfortunately, many motor vehicles sold in the United States are lemons. However, Ohio, Michigan, and other states enacted lemon laws to protect consumers who buy vehicles with defects.
You’ve just purchased or leased a new vehicle and something doesn’t seem right. There’s a defect or malfunction that keeps the car from performing as you anticipated. You take it back to the dealer under warranty and after repeated visits, the problem just doesn’t go away.
According to a Nolo study, an estimated 150,000 motor vehicles are lemons in the United States each year. A car is considered to be a lemon if it has repeated, unfixable problems. In the event that your car qualifies as a lemon, you may be eligible for a replacement vehicle or refund.
There’s an old saying that says “when life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.” But if that lemon happens to be a new automobile that you just leased or purchased, you should instead exercise your rights under federal and state laws to get a refund or replacement vehicle.
In 2019, more than 17 million new cars were sold or leased in the U.S. With that many new vehicles hitting the highway, you know some of them are going to be lemons. In fact, a conservative estimate is that 1% of all new cars sold or leased are defective.
Lemon cars is a term used to describe defective motor vehicles that have repeated, unfixable problems. If your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, you should consult with a knowledgeable lemon law attorney as soon as possible.