Tips for winning your lemon law case

In a perfect world, you would buy the car of your dreams, drive it off the lot and enjoy it for years to come. Unfortunately, the real world is nothing like that. Unscrupulous sales dealerships, manufacturers and just bad luck can sometimes affect your ability to drive a reliable car. Thankfully, The Lemon Law for used cars are in place to protect consumers. If you’ve bought a ‘lemon’ you may be eligible for a full refund under the law.

Here are some tips on increasing your chances of winning your case and ensuring you get what you’re entitled to:

   * Keep impeccable records of all service done to your vehicle: The law has very specific criteria as to what is considered eligible for compensation. If you don’t keep proper records and documentation, it could hurt your case considerably. Take pictures, get the manufacturer/dealership to outline exactly what type of work was done, and what the problem appears to be. Know the dates, times and conversations you’ve had, and if possible take pictures.

   * Understand your rights: While your lawyer will go over the specifics of the case with you, it’s imperative that you do your own research and find out what your rights are under the law.

   * Get a qualified lawyer: If you want a divorce, hire a divorce lawyer; if you’ve been injured in an accident, hire a personal injury lawyer; and if you are the victim of buying a lemon, hire a lawyer who specializes in Lemon Law cases.

As consumers become more educated and have better access to information about the vehicles they purchase, the lemon law for used cars may not be needed as frequently in the coming years. In the meantime, it’s there to protect consumers from dishonest salespeople and manufacturers who don’t stand behind their product. For more information contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center or visit www.yourlemonlawrights.com.