Lemon Laws

Lemon cars, trucks, vans and SUV's they are everywhere. Various statistics that I have seen indicate that 1 out of 100 vehicles out of 1 is 1 spot. Stackable statistics, to say the least. A lemon is, by definition, a defective vehicle. All states have lemon rules, if you buy a lemon. These laws vary from state to state, but they all have common issues.

The first common issue is the vehicle's faulty condition. In other words, something must go wrong in your vehicle. Lemon situations usually define which elements meet the wrong conditions to be classified as lemon. In Pennsylvania, for example, a vehicle must be subject to a defect or non-conformity which significantly impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle. In my experience, these types of defects are usually faulty brakes, transmissions, engines, suspension, steering and things of that nature. There are also claims for electrical faults, noise and leakage.

The common theme among the State Lemon Laws is the obligation to try the next repairs. According to each Lemon Law, the manufacturer must make a reasonable attempt to repair the defective condition of the vehicle. In Pennsylvania, that number is three. Other states have four or more repair conditions. If the manufacturer or its agent (seller) cannot repair the vehicle after a reasonable attempt, you need a lemon.

The third common issue of lemon law is that you have the right to a lemon. Most states have the right to provide the consumer with a full refund of the purchase price or free replacement vehicle. Some states go even further. Pennsylvania remedies include warranty charges and purchase price, including taxes, title fees, payment, interest and more. By choosing a return election, you will end up receiving all the dollars you put into your vehicle. In addition, most states also plan to recover attorney fees and costs.