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Protections under the state’s lemon law

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2020 | Consumer Protection

Buying a new car in Pennsylvania can be exciting. However, excitement can quickly turn into frustration when one discovers that they have purchased a lemon. Like other states, Pennsylvania has a lemon law to protect consumers when they purchase malfunctioning vehicles.

A vehicle is considered to be a lemon car when it has specific types of manufacturing defects while still new. These defects continue to persist even after repairs have been attempted. A lemon car is not an older vehicle with high miles. Instead, the defects must be present when the vehicle is new and appear immediately after the initial purchase.

Those who believe that they have purchased lemon cars are required to give the manufacturers the chance to repair them. After a certain number of repairs have been attempted, the buyer may have grounds to pursue legal action against the manufacturer if the vehicle is still malfunctioning. To start the repair process, one should contact the manufacturer immediately. They should also review their purchase agreements to see if they contain arbitration clauses. If the manufacturer refuses to make repairs, the buyer might want to talk to an experienced consumer law attorney.

Lemon laws are meant to protect consumers who purchase vehicles that contain manufacturing defects. An attorney could help a lemon car victim file their complaint within the statutory deadline. Legal counsel might be able to negotiate a settlement with the manufacturer on behalf of the client. If a settlement agreement cannot be negotiated, the attorney may file a civil complaint against the manufacturer.

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