Lemon Law Lawyers Of Pennsylvania
Many consumers believe that they have purchased a lemon. Nothing is more infuriating than having their new car break down or have issues after the first few weeks of purchase. Even when this is the case, it does not mean that these consumers have purchased a car that’s a lemon under lemon law PA. In order for a car to be designated as lemon, it has to meet certain criteria in accordance with lemon law. A car is considered a lemon when the following conditions are met:
- The car has a nonconformity (such as a defect) and that nonconformity is covered by the manufacturer’s expressed warranty.
- The nonconformity substantially impacts the use, market value or safety of the car
- The nonconformity is not caused by an accident, abuse, neglect, misuse or any alteration by the manufacturer or authorized dealer
- The owner of the car has reported the nonconformity to the manufacturer/authorized dealer during the first year of purchase or before 12,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- You have given the manufacturer/authorized dealer three opportunities to fix/repair the nonconformity***
*** The Pennsylvania Lemon Law only requires the consumer to report the nonconformity at least once during the lemon law period of 12,000 miles or one year (whichever comes first). Therefore, even if you have passed the 12,000-mile limit or 1 year period and have had the manufacturer/authorized dealer to fix the same issue at least two more times, then you still have the right to file a lemon law claim.
What Is The Lemon Law PA?
The Automobile Lemon Law of Pennsylvania (lemon law PA) applies to any new vehicle that is both purchased and legally registered in the state of Pennsylvania for personal or family use. As of February 11th, 2002m leased vehicles from an authorized dealer or manufacturer are now also covered under the lemon law of PA. The law states that it’s the manufacturers’ responsibility to fix any problems and/or defects that are covered under the original warranty of the vehicle within one year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. In the event that the manufacturer does not fix the issues within the designated time frame, then any of our lemon law lawyers can help you file a lawsuit under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law and Federal Warranty Act.
What Happens If I File A Lemon Law PA Claim?
Once you file a lemon law claim, one of the things that you will need to prove is that the nonconformity affects the safety, value, and use of your vehicle. A lawyer will litigate your case in court or arbitration to a judge, jury or arbitrator to help show that your car has been substantially impacted by the defect. You will also need to have evidence that you’ve brought in your car to be serviced for the nonconformity at least three times. Make sure you have copies of your receipts from the times you had the car serviced along with a summary of the issue, charges for parts and labor, the odometer reading, how long the vehicle was in repair and all services performed. You can receive these statements after the fact. If the manufacturer doesn’t comply, a lemon law attorney can help you get them with a mandated court order. According to the state law in Pennsylvania, if you can prove that your car is indeed a lemon, then you may be entitled to a new car, a refund or a partial refund for your defective car. The manufacturer may offer to replace your car with a new car. You do not have to accept this offer and request a refund. The refund is calculated by taking the full purchase price and then reducing a “reasonable allowance for vehicle use” which refers to the difference in odometer readings when first brought your car for repair to the manufacturer/authorized dealer multiplied by 10 cents per mile. For example, if you drove on your car for 3000 miles, and then brought your car in for a defective transmission, the reasonable allowance for vehicle use would be $300. The refund can also include things such as sales tax, registration fees, finance charges, and trade-in value. If the manufacturer refuses to pay you the refund then you can bring them to court where a lemon law attorney can help fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Lemon Law PA Attorneys
There is literally no risk in filing a lemon lawsuit. All attorney fees are mandated to be paid by the car manufacturer and are NOT taken from your refund by the manufacturer. If you believe that you have a lemon and would like to seek a refund, partial refund or a new car from the manufacturer, then contact any of our lemon law lawyers today. We have the experience necessary to fight for your rights under the Automobile Lemon Law of Pennsylvania. We have successfully gotten refunds for many of our clients and would love to do the same for you.