Lemon laws are American state laws that protect consumers from purchasing vehicles that repetitively fall short to achieve the specific quality and performance. The word “lemon” refers to any useless object which is faulty or breaks frequently, predominantly any vehicle. Even though the federal lemon law (the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) provides security to the people of all states, each state has also different versions of state lemon laws.
In Pennsylvania, the lemon law can be applied to any new vehicle that is purchased or leased under legal registration in Pennsylvania for private or family use. The law is applicable for those cars designed to carry up to 15 people. Off-road vehicles are not covered by this law.
Pennsylvania (PA) lemon law is a powerful set of laws that provides the protection to the consumer who has purchased a lemon car. The law states that, if a new car is defective and suffers from several fixing attempts within the original warranty period then the car can be declared as a lemon. When a new car is found to be faulty and is reported by the consumer within 12 months following the delivery or 12000 miles of use or within the manufacture’s warranty period, whichever occurs first, the manufacturer has to fix the defect at no cost to the consumer. If a car has at least three fixing attempts for the same or alike defects or if the car is out of service and in the store for repair for thirty or more days during the first year then the consumer can demand for a free replacement car of equal value or a total reimbursement of the purchase value with all other security charges related with the purchase. The consumer must guarantee that the defect is not the result of an accident, negligence or mistreatment.
Consumers are proposed to remember the following points:
1. Consumer should keep all the documents concerning the vehicle like detailed repairing statements, warranty book, purchase agreement etc.
2. It is the responsibility of the consumer to deliver the defected car to the manufacture’s permitted repairing service.
3. Refund includes the sales tax, registration fees, attorney-fees etc.
4. If the defect is the effect of the work being done by other than the manufacturer then it won’t be covered by the lemon law.