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You may be excited that you have bought a new car; but wait until you start getting a problem that can’t be fixed after a number of repair attempts. Sometimes this happens. You purchase a new car thinking that you will enjoy your ride, but later you realize that it is a lemon. If you find out that your car is a lemon, you don’t go cursing your manufacturer. Under Kansas lemon law, you can get a refund of your purchase price or replacement vehicle. This law even covers leased cars.
Authority in charge of lemon law in Kansas
The Lemon Law in Kansas State is enforced by the office of the attorney general. If you fail to resolve your dispute with your vehicle dealer or manufacturer, you can report your case to the AG’s office in charge of consumer protection. Through the office of AG’s official website, you can get a brochure outlining the steps you can take if you fall a victim of lemon.
Kansas Lemon Law criteria
The Kansas Lemon Law was enacted to protect consumers from unscrupulous manufacturers who willingly or unwillingly sell faulty vehicles. This law defines what constitutes a lemon in Kansas and steps to follow when solving lemon car disputes. In order for your vehicle to qualify as a lemon, the defect must be serious enough that it impacts its safety, use or resale value. The defect must also occur during the first year of purchase. This law does not cover minor problems such as bad radio, cosmetic defects or any other smaller defects. The manufacturer is required to honor any warranty of these problems, but they will not qualify for cover under Kansas Lemon Law. This also does not cover defects caused through negligence, misuse or unauthorized alterations.
Time and Tries Limit
Your vehicle can be declared a lemon under Kansas Lemon Law if:
- The manufacturer has unsuccessfully attempted to fix the problem 4 times
- The vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or more while under repair in the manufacturer’s garage or repair shop
- There were more than 10 attempts to fix numerous problems during the warranty period.
Why Keep vehicle Records?
In case your vehicle manufacturer fails to grant a vehicle replacement or your refund in the event of a lemon, Kansas Lemon Law requires you to present documents when filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Documentation will make your case strong and resolved in your favor. Below are some of the required documents when filing your complaint at the Office of the Attorney General in Mississippi or in court:
- Evidence of correspondence such as phone calls, letters or emails to the dealers
- Vehicle purchase receipt
- Trips to the dealership
- Vehicle service history documents
- Evidence showing the time lost from work
- Evidence of cash out of your pocket.
What to do if you have a lemon?
If you are truly sure that you have a lemon, under Kansas Lemon Law you must first work with your manufacturer to resolve the issue through their informal dispute resolution/arbitration program before filing a lawsuit in the court of law. Send your manufacturer a final notification letter through a registered mail, asking them to have a final repair attempt. If the defects are not repaired after a final attempt, you’ll submit a replacement or a refund request to the manufacturer. If the manufacturer disagrees to resolve the issue in that manner, you’ll need to file a complaint at the office of Attorney General in Kansas. After following all the above steps and you realize the dispute is not resolved amicably, you’ll need to hire a lemon law attorney to file a lawsuit in court.