Every year, the lemon law attorneys at Clagett & Barnett Attorneys at Law are asked many questions about how this law works. Thankfully, “lemons” aren’t all that common, but if you do end up with one, you’ll be thankful for this protective law, as it has truly helped many men and women from around the country receive compensation for their new defective vehicles.
But does the lemon law cover used cars as well as new? Since this is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding this law, we’ll take some time now to better explain the Kentucky lemon law and the Federal lemon law, and what each cover. Keep reading!
The Kentucky Lemon Law
The Kentucky lemon law was designed to protect consumers and their investment when they purchase a new vehicle. Since buying a new vehicle should imply stability, longevity, and safety, when one does not meet those standards and is in need of repeated repair, consumers can pursue restitution under the lemon law.
It’s important to point out that the state lemon law only applies to new vehicles and does not cover used vehicles. Kentucky law states that if the manufacturer fails or is unable to repair a new vehicle within a timely fashion, the owner of the vehicle may seek a refund for their vehicle purchase or request a replacement vehicle.
However, there are restrictions for this law and a timeframe during which the defect must occur for the vehicle to be considered a lemon. The buyer of a motor vehicle must only provide the manufacturer, by and through its dealers, with 4 repair attempts or a total of 30 days to repair the vehicle within the first 12 twelve months or 12,000 miles of ownership. Residents who fall under these standards are considered to have a lemon and are able to seek a refund or a replacement vehicle.
Determining whether or not your vehicle is a true lemon should be left up to a professional lemon law attorney. This isn’t something you should decide on your own or take the word of others on. Even if your vehicle was not subject to repair 4 times or for 30 days in the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, you could still qualify under the Federal lemon law. Be sure to call a lemon law attorney at Clagett & Barnett for a free review of your case, and to find out how you can benefit from this state law.
The Federal Lemon Law (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act)
As we mentioned, the Kentucky lemon law does not cover used vehicles, but consumers with a used vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s original warranty can apply for help under the Federal lemon law, also known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
This law states that a warrantor of a consumer product must comply with its obligations in its warranty. Therefore, regardless of whether or not your vehicle is new or used, the manufacturer must repair any defects throughout the entire duration of the written warranty.
Under the Federal lemon law, the used vehicle in question is not necessarily subject to a mileage limit or age. The question is whether or not the warranty you received when you purchased the vehicle is still valid. If it is, you may qualify for a refund or replacement.
Ultimately, in order to truly know if you can file a claim for your new or used vehicle, you should visit an experienced lemon law attorney like those at Clagett & Barnett Attorneys at Law.
The Lemon Law Attorneys at Clagett & Barnett Can Help Protect Your Investment
With years of experience providing positive and desirable results for their clients in Elizabethtown, our lemon law attorneys have the knowledge and understanding needed when it comes to fighting for your rights as a consumer. If you have a defective vehicle, please don’t take any chances. Call the law offices of Clagett & Barnett for a free review of your vehicle’s repair history.
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