This guide to Pennsylvania’s lemon laws can help you understand your rights and make it easier to figure out if you may be entitled to a full refund or new car from your vehicle manufacturer.
How to Know if You Have a Lemon:
Follow this simple checklist to see if your vehicle may in fact be classified as a lemon:
If You Think You May Have a Lemon:
If you can check off all (or even most) of the check boxes above, then you may be entitled to a full refund for your vehicle or a new replacement vehicle. As a next step it is advisable that you consult with a lemon law professional to determine if in fact you do a have a claim and how best to proceed.
Frequently Asked Pennsylvania Lemon Law Questions:
Q: Are leased vehicles covered?
A: In Pennsylvania all vehicles leased after February 11, 2002 are covered under the PA lemon law.
Q: Are used vehicles covered by the PA lemon law?
A: Used vehicles may be covered if you had any warranty left from the manufacturer when you purchased your vehicle, or if your vehicle was “Certified” by the manufacturer or dealer, and you made at least one unsuccessful warranty claim before the warranty ended.
Q: How do I avoid buying a car that was/is a lemon?
A: The Pennsylvania lemon law requires that an auto dealer notify you in writing of a vehicle’s lemon history and that they get your signature acknowledging that you received and are OK with the history.
Q: How much will it cost and to pursue a refund for my vehicle?
A: Many lemon law professionals will provide their services free of charge and instead make your vehicle’s manufacturer pay for any fees.