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Pennsylvania’s lemon law was formulated to protect you from financial burden of faulty vehicles. If you suspect that you may have purchased a faulty vehicle, regardless of whether you purchased it intentionally or unintentionally, you can invoke this law and get compensation. Basically, this law allows manufacturers a reasonable number of attempts to fix the faults before you demand a refund or a vehicle replacement.
Vehicles Covered under this law
The Pennsylvania lemon law covers purchased or leased new vehicles. The vehicle can be purchased from anywhere in the states, but this law will only cover it, if it is registered with the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in Pennsylvania. Motorhomes, Motorcycles and off-road vehicles are not covered under this lemon law in Pennsylvania.
Lemon Law Protection
This law requires manufacturers to repair faults reported at no cost to the buyers. However, the covered vehicle must meet the following conditions:
- Within 1 year of purchase
- Must be within 12,000 miles
- The defect must occur while the vehicle is under a valid express warranty
- The defect in question must be serious and that it impairs the vehicle’s safety, market value and use.
Minor defects such as a bad radio or scratches are not covered by Pennsylvania lemon law. Defects that are caused by other people other than the manufacturer, caused by negligence or intentional or unintentional alteration are not covered by this law.
If the faults are not corrected
Before requesting your compensation, you must give the manufacturer a last chance to attempt repair. If the faults in your car are not corrected after a number of repair attempts or after staying for 30 days in the repair shop, it will qualify as a lemon. The manufacturer will be required under this law to refund your money or give you a vehicle replacement. If the manufacturer decides to refund your money, they will only deduct the amount of money equivalent to the total number of mileage covered when the vehicle was in your hands. If the manufacturer fails to order your request at this stage, you will be left with no option other than filing your complaint with the Office of the Attorney General in Pennsylvania. You can also decide to hire a Lemon law lawyer to fight for your rights in court.
Lemon Law Documentation
In order to use the Pennsylvania lemon law, to fight for your rights in court, you must have documents and records to prove your case. Some of the documents required include:
- Sale or lease documents
- Repair statements
- Maintenance records and receipts
- All documents pertaining to the faults
- Records showing communication with the manufacturer.
If you have questions or concerns, you can visit the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s website or call the AG’s Bureau of Consumer Protection using the hotline (800) 441-2555.