What Makes a Lemon?

The lemon law is a law that makes it necessary for sellers or manufacturers to refund, replace, or repair any defective vehicles that are sold to customers. Classified as a vehicle that is said to be flawed beyond repair, with a defect that affects the use, value or safety and thus, unable to serve its purpose to the owner, possessing a lemon can be one of the most frustrating things that can happen to the owner. An owner of a lemon is one who was oblivious to the fact that the vehicle would be flawed or defective to the extent of it being irreparable during the time of purchase. In the U.S., the lemon law differs from state to state.

In Pennsylvania, for example, the PA lemon law states that it applies to new vehicles, second-hands, or buybacks that suffer an abnormality and have a defect within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, and cannot be repaired after three repair attempts.


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There are several criteria that come into play for determining whether a car is a lemon, including:
• The type of problem.
• When the problem first occurred.                                                                                                                            • The number of repair attempts or the days out of service.                                                                                 •Where the car is purchased and registered.  Under the Lemon Law in PA, for instance, the car must be registered for the first time, leased or purchased in Pennsylvania.

Initially, the lemon law in Pennsylvania only extended to new cars, but now, it has expanded offer tighter title branding for used cars that had previously been bought back under the Statute. The lemon law in PA also applies to cars that are in the workshop for repair 30 days or more in the first year.

What do you do if you wind up with a lemon?

If you think you have a defective vehicle, it is very important to look into the PA Lemon law or the lemon law in your specific state. You may find that hiring a Lemon lawyer is in your best interest. Lemon lawyers have high knowledge of the lemon law and will be able to make a strong claim for your case. Additionally, most state lemon laws offer a fee-shifting provision. This means that the manufacturer will be responsible for paying the attorney fees and legal costs in addition to what you receive. As the car owner, you will most likely not have to pay any upfront fees and lawyers only take the money if the case is won. With a lemon lawyer, you can obtain financial and emotional recourse for the burden that buying a lemon and then fighting a case can cause.

Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

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