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Four Commonly Held Misunderstandings About the Lemon Law

Lemon law is designed to protect people when they purchase a vehicle, but if you do not know what lemon law says you cannot protect yourself. Below are four commonly held misunderstandings about the lemon law and explanations on each.

Misunderstanding #1 – There is a Single, Nationwide Lemon Law.
Actually each state has its own state lemon law and more than one in some states. Although state laws tend to be quite similar, they differ enough that you should know what your state law says.

Misunderstanding #2 – You Don’t Need a Lawyer to File a Lemon Law Claim.
While you don’t absolutely need a lawyers to make a claim, you do need to understand that you will have to go through the manufacturer in order to file a lemon law claim. Going through the manufacturer means that you and your claim will have to deal with the manufacturer’s lawyers, who will not make it easy. Therefore, it is vital to have your own representation for the process.

Misunderstanding #3 – Any and All Vehicle Defects are Covered By Lemon Laws.
Some people think that any vehicle defect is covered under a state’s lemon laws, at times people even think that something like replacing the windshield wipers would be covered. However, the law only applies when the problem is substantial and seriously impairs the value or use of the vehicle. There are also requirements regarding how many times the car has to be taken in to be fixed, how long it takes to be repaired, and other details in order to qualify for a claim.

Misunderstanding #4 – All Vehicles are Covered By the Lemon Law.
Many people believe that all types of vehicles are covered by their state’s lemon law. Although in some states a number of different vehicles are covered; most states have specific, and often limited, requirements for what constitutes a lemon. Usually the only vehicles covered by a state’s lemon laws are cars which are for personal use. That means that business cars, motorcycles, and many other vehicles will not be protected in some states. Of course be certain to research your state’s classification on vehicles to be sure that you understand your state’s law.

Although there are a number of commonly held misunderstandings regarding lemon laws, the laws can protect you, the consumer, in some cases. Make sure you understand the law to a point, and then seek out appropriate legal help to take care of the remainder of the process. Any good lemon lawyer won’t even charge you any fees and instead will work to have the manufacture not only help you, but also pay their fees too!