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Car Lemon FAQ

What is a lemon car?

A “lemon” is a slang term for a car which is defective or often in need of repair. This is further defined by federal and state lemon laws but a car that continues to have problems or defects which interfere with its use, value, or safety could be considered a lemon.

Lemon car status is only one important hidden problem that the history report will reveal. It could uncover many other serious issues such as collision damage, hail or fire damage, odometer tampering and much more.

What is the lemon law?

The Lemon Law generally refers to your state law which defines when a manufacturer has breached its written warranty and what you are entitled to for such a breach of warranty. Additionally, there are various other warranty laws (or lemon laws) in most states and a federal law which can be used to recover money for consumers who do not meet the strict definitions contained in their state’s Lemon Law. The term “Lemon law” is not the actual or real name of this law but, is a nickname and may differ in each state according to its law.

If your vehicle or product is a lemon, in most of the states you may be sanctioned to your money back or a cash settlement. The replacement for a defective new vehicle is effective if the defect is not removed in four attempts, a safety defect within two attempts or if the vehicle was found out of service for 30 days within the first 12,000 to 18,000 miles or 12 to 24 months.

Is my car a lemon?

The law applies to a new motor vehicle that is bought or used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. The law also applies to a new motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds that is bought or used primarily for business purposes by a person, including a partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association, or any other legal entity, to which not more than five motor vehicles are registered in this state.

You would have already figured out that a lemon car is a car that has some kind of manufacturing defects. A lemon used car is a car that continues to have a problem; thereby it is weighed less when it comes to value, safety, and use. Generally if a car has been repaired few times for the same defect and if it is not sorted out, then the car is a lemon. The amount of times the manufacturer has to rectify any problem varies on both the severity of the problem and the state in which the vehicle was purchased in. For example: if Consumer A has had eight different completely different and unrelated problems with their recently purchased used car, it doesn’t necessarily make the car a lemon. So long as the manufacturer fixed each problem within the legally prescribed number of visits, the car is simply unreliable but not necessarily a lemon. The number of opportunities the manufacturer and/or warrantor has to repair the defect depends on the severity of the problem. There may be more opportunities afforded to manufacturers if the defect is not life threatening, such as the air conditioner, than if the problem is related to something safety related such as the safety belts.

If your car won’t start, has brake problems, accelerates unexpectedly, won’t shift out of second gear, or the doors open by themselves, then you may have a lemon. If the paint is peeling off of the coating had a defect, it’s not a lemon.

Can used cars be covered by the lemon law?

Yes, the the vehcile is sold to consumers with an express written warranty covering the defect, and vehicles sold with a service contract. If you are buying a used car a reliable online VIN lookup tool will tell you if the car is a lemon. A full description of warranty rights is beyond the scope of this message, but you should be aware that coverage is not identical to the coverage for new motor vehicles. For example, a warrantor who is unable to conform a consumer product to its express warranty within a reasonable number of attempts is required to replace the goods or refund the purchase price less an amount attributable to the consumer’s use. Unlike the special rules on new motor vehicles, however, there is no set formula for determining the charge for the consumer’s use before the discovery of the defect, and the Lemon Law presumption does not apply. Read more in used car lemon law section.