Lemon law is a term used to describe newly purchased vehicles that do not function properly. The mechanics defining lemon law can be drivetrain, powertrain, and more. For legal reasons, it is important to document everything from vehicle transactions and to also ask for copies of all paperwork from the dealership. It is legally recommended to always have updated insurance.
The Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law, 73 Pa. C.S. 1951-1963, applies to a new vehicle purchased or leased and registered in Pennsylvania. A new motor vehicle is defined as any new and unused motorized conveyance driven upon the public highways and roads, designed to transport no more than 15 people, and used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. A car dealer’s demo car is a new motor vehicle but a motorcycle, motor home of off road vehicle is not a new motor vehicle.
The Lemon Law states that any defect that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of a new motor vehicle must be repaired or corrected by the manufacturer at no cost to the purchaser. The defect must occur within 12 months of delivery to the purchaser or within the first 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If the manufacturer fails to repair or correct the defect or nonconformity after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer must, at the purchaser’s option, replace or repurchase the vehicle. A failure to repair or correct is presumed to occur if the defect or nonconformity is not corrected after 3 attempts or the vehicle is out of service for 30 or more days.
If you have a new vehicle with a defect or nonconformity, contact a lemon law attorney.
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