Lemon Law : Keep Records To Win

By: Charles Stubbs..

Although the Lemon Laws are there to protect you, the one thing you don't want is to actually have to use them, because that means you've gone and bought yourself a 'sick' car. Odd squeaks and rattles don't count as they're just fair wear and tear, but if you are experiencing major vehicle defects (such as with the engine, drive axle, brakes, steering or radiator, for example), you might want to start a paper trail. You could have a lemon.

With any issues you might be having, check your car warranty first. Give the manufacturer an opportunity to put right it (this can be up to 3 or 4 attempts to repair a problem). At this point, a Lemon Law attorney may not be essential.

Before things start hotting up it's important to make sure you keep all the records concerning your vehicle and the attempted repairs because they will definitely be needed if you need to call on the Lemon Law in your state. At the very least, make sure you've kept a copy of the car guarantee in a safe place and keep all the repair receipts and a diary, or log book, of the time taken over the repairs and, in particular, the time your vehicle was off the road.

You may also want to research whether any 'service bulletins' have been issued for your make and model of car (this can be accomplished with a simple Google search). Do your homework, copy any information you find and put it in your notebook. Keep logs, as you may need this information later on in the event that you need to file a claim under your state's Lemon Law.

In most states, the Lemon Law provides a legal remedy for consumers who purchase a car that turns out to be a lemon. Dealers are required to give you a written car warranty under which a dealer must repair, free of charge, any problems in covered parts. In some cases, the dealer may have the option to reimburse you for the reasonable cost of repairs; check your car guarantee to see if this applies to you.

But if your car needs excessive repairs, start researching the Lemon Law statutes in your state. Many problems during the car guarantee period may not constitute a defect, but one grave problem or problems might be a breach of the Lemon Law. Note the dates of all repairs to your car in a notebook, and how long your car was "in the shop" and "off the road." Make the receipts for repairs in a safe place. At this point you may want to look into finding a Lemon Law attorney in your state.

If you think you might be driving a lemon, gather up all of your paperwork. Become familiar with your state's Lemon Law statute. Compile a list of Lemon Law attorneys. Check with the Attorney General's office in your state for more information on the certain statutes.

Take the time to put together all the necessary paperwork. Take the car service contract with you and be sure to have each and every work order performed on your car, as well as any service bulletins issued that may relate to the problem or defects you're having. Your will find that your individual state Lemon Law will include a list of records that you must have to proceed with an action. You should take with you any reports or correspondence you've received from the dealer concerning the repairs.

It is a long paper trail, but if kept effectively, you will know rather quickly whether you are dealing with a chronically 'sick' car, or just normal car repairs.

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The Lemon Laws are there to protect you but to get a successful outcome you need to do your homework. We've put together a full package for you at Lemon Law Advice Made Easy complete with all those tips and tricks you absolutely need to know if you want to get the result you want.

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