Lemon Law Frequently Asked Questions
At Lemon LawDog, we understand that you are already frustrated because you’ve had the headaches that come with a defective vehicle. We also know that you probably have a lot of questions about lemon laws.
What kinds of vehicles are covered under lemon laws?
Typically, lemon laws cover virtually every type of new vehicle, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs. To learn more, see our overview, “Is My Vehicle A Lemon?.
What kind of problems qualify a vehicle as a lemon?
Individual states have their own lemon laws, but generally, in order for a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must have a substantial defect, which means that the defect interferes with the vehicle’s drivability or the defect renders the vehicle unsafe for use.
Do I have to try to fix the vehicle before I file a claim under my state’s lemon law?
Yes. You have to give the manufacturer or the dealer a reasonable opportunity to try to fix your vehicle. Our lemon law attorneys have prepared a checklist that can help you better understand some important things to do before you file a lemon law claim.
Does the lemon law for vehicle defects only apply to new cars?
Technically, yes. However, if the vehicle is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty, lemon law protections may still apply, even if you are not the original owner.
How long do I have to file a lemon law claim?
It depends on the state. For example, in Texas your lemon law claim must be filed within six months after the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty, within 24 months after the purchase or within the first 24,000 miles following the date of delivery, whichever comes first. In Ohio, you are covered if the problems happen within the first 12 months or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.
To make sure you are in compliance with any deadlines, the safest thing to do is get in touch with us as soon as possible. We can assess your case and begin taking the proper steps to help you get a refund or replacement vehicle.
Are there any protections under federal laws?
Yes, while most states have lemon laws, there are also federal protections for consumers. Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, consumers can file a warranty lawsuit. There are also protections afforded to consumers under the Uniform Commercial Code. Our consumer protection lawyers have the experience necessary to pursue whatever state and federal claims that make the most sense for your case.
Is Lemon LawDog expensive?
When we handle your lemon law claim, you don’t pay anything out of pocket. In fact, lemon laws generally require the vehicle manufacturer or seller to pay attorney fees for successful lemon law claims. In other words, you have nothing to lose by contacting us to discuss your options.
Contact Lemon LawDog For A Free Consultation
Our consumer protection lawyers know that you probably still have a lot of questions. For a free consultation, call Lemon LawDog at 888-472-1124 or fill out our contact form. Our lemon law attorneys represent clients throughout Texas and Ohio.