Getting a new car is an exciting time for you and your family. In today’s economic climate, leasing has become a popular option for those needing to get a car without indebting themselves for a car loan. Leasing has also become popular in cities among those looking to become Uber or Lyft drivers, as dealerships offer special leases specifically for these motorists. When your car can be both your primary means of transportation and source of income, it’s important to make sure you’ve been sold a dependable vehicle.
Lemon law is a term given to legislation that protects consumers from deficient vehicles. In Pennsylvania, lemon law is applied to all cars that are bought, leased, or registered to the state for personal use. As of February 11th, 2002, all leased vehicles are protected under the Pennsylvania lemon law. Vehicles leased before that date are not covered under PA’s lemon law, but may still qualify for compensation for defective vehicles under the Federal Warranty Act.
Should you have a car that’s considered a lemon (another name for a defective vehicle), you may receive a full refund or a new car replacement as compensation, as well as any fees accrued during the claims process. Under the law, a car can be considered a lemon if it meets the following qualifications:
- It has a nonconformity covered by the manufacturer’s express warranty
- It has a nonconformity that substantially impairs the use, market value, or safety of the car
- It has a nonconformity that is not the result of an accident, abuse, neglect, or alteration by persons other than the manufacturer or the authorized dealer
- You’ve reported the nonconformity to the manufacturer at least once within 1 year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first
- You’ve given the manufacturer or authorized dealer three chances to fix the nonconformity
What qualifies as a “substantial” nonconformity or defect is ultimately decided upon by an arbitrator, judge, or jury. It’s necessary for you and your attorney to prove the use, value, or safety of the vehicle is compromised. It is advised you keep a log of all interactions with the manufacturer or authorized dealer to show attempted repairs, keeping any receipts and dates on file.
If you’ve met the aforementioned qualifications and wish to make a case for your lemon to your manufacturer or dealer, contact Lemon Law Lawyers today. Our experienced attorneys will ensure you receive proper compensation.