When you go to buy or lease a new car, truck, van, motorcycle, or whatever vehicle it may be, you hold certain expectations. Namely, you expect your new car to work. When it doesn’t, you’ve found yourself a lemon, and you need to take certain steps to either get your money back or trade in your defective vehicle for one that functions properly.
Is My Car a Lemon?
A lot of people tend to think they have lemons when in reality, their cars don’t qualify. So what constitutes a legitimate lemon law claim? These are the main criteria:
- The car is new. Actual time frames vary depending on where you bought or leased the vehicle, but what really matters is the warranty. If your defect is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, you likely have a strong lemon law claim.
- You’ve tried to fix the problem multiple times. If you’ve repeatedly needed to take your car to the dealership for warranty repairs, or if you’ve had to get the same problem fixed multiple times, that strengthens your claim.
- You’ve hit the 30-day repairs mark. When a new vehicle spends 30 days or more at the dealership within the first year of your owning it, that raises a big red flag to the manufacturer. As a consumer, it’s well within your rights to ask for a refund at this point.
One important thing to note is that lemon laws vary from state to state. The information above is fairly universal, but your state may have specific rules to note before filing your claim. Fortunately, attorney Ron Weiss is extremely knowledgeable about lemon law as it pertains to both Michigan and Ohio. When in doubt, call him for a free, informative case evaluation.