Consumer-friendly lemon laws vary from state to state

A study ranking state lemon laws showed that Pennsylvania came in at 35. This may be interesting to consumers, especially since new vehicles cost about $36,000. With this amount of money on the line, consumers want to feel confident that they are able to return a vehicle that has major issues without being put through a frustrating process.

A defective car may produce problem after problem and can be compared to a nightmare that just won't go away. A lemon vehicle has been defined by some as a new vehicle that has manufacturing or design defects that impact the value of the vehicle or its safety. These defects usually cannot be repaired by the manufacturer.

The first lemon laws were passed 37 years ago. Governmental and nongovernmental agencies have fought to protect car buyers in states across the country. Some states do a great job at providing comprehensive protection for their customers while others have lemon laws in name only.

Some of the factors that were considered when determining where a state ranked on the scale of lemon laws were the number of repairs required before a vehicle was considered a lemon, how many days the vehicle had to be out of commission before being considered a lemon, and whether there were penalties in place for manufacturers who willfully violated these laws. Because of how expensive purchasing a new car is, many people believe that car buyers deserve to know what their rights are and what steps they can take to get their money back. Efforts are underway to extend lemon laws with the goal of providing better customer protection.

Car buyers and other consumers have options that allow them to hold car companies accountable. When a person buys a new car and it turns out to be a lemon, they may feel like the cards are stacked against them. They may want to contact an attorney who understands consumer protection for help.

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