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How the lemon law protects people if a new car has issues

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Lemon Law |

People from West Virginia who purchase a new car will undoubtedly be excited about it. Its appearance and new features are part of that. Another aspect of a new car is that it is supposed to be reliable. Unfortunately, some new vehicles have issues immediately upon hitting the road.

There are lemon laws designed to protect consumers when they buy a vehicle that has flaws. For West Virginia, the law applies to a passenger vehicle that is bought in the state or has a registration and title in the state. Any new vehicle will have warranties. If there is a problem with the vehicle that does not conform to the warranties and it negatively impacts the vehicle’s functionality or reduces its market value, the problem falls under the lemon law.

The vehicle must be found to have these defects during a specific duration based on the warranty or for one year from when the vehicle was delivered to the consumer – whichever results in the latest date. The vehicle must be repaired or replaced. The new vehicle must be comparable and it must be functional based on the warranties. It is allowable that there be attempts to repair the vehicle, but if the problem is not fixed, then the consumer must be compensated.

In some instances, the vehicle can be fixed and it works fine after that. However, if the problem cannot be repaired or it continually comes up, the vehicle might be a lemon. Understanding the time constraints, how many attempts can be made to fix it and what happens if the vehicle still does not run as it should is imperative to recovery based on the lemon law. Discussing the case with a law firm experienced in helping consumers who have been wronged may be essential.