For the people of Georgia, good news in this time of recession just arrived
in the form of the strengthening of that state’s
lemon laws. One of the biggest changes is the time frame in which the law applies:
going from one year or 12,000 miles to two years or 24,000 miles. The
law also encompasses larger vehicles, raising the weight limit from 10,000
to 12,000 pounds and now including the larger pickup trucks on the market.
Such laws can be badly needed—something you will discover if you’re
ever unfortunate enough to purchase a lemon. Dealers and manufacturers
can give a consumer an endless runaround with such vehicles, repairing
items that don’t actually fix the problem, telling you there’s
nothing wrong or worse, that the problem is actually part of “how
that vehicle runs.” Unless you contact and retain a lemon-law attorney,
this “gauntlet” of distractions can go on for years and stick
you with a non-working vehicle. Lemon law attorneys are well-versed on
cutting through all the distractions and getting you the reimbursement
and possible reward you are due under the law.
Perhaps having heard some of the nightmare stories others have gone through
in trying to get a refund for a lemon, there are sadly some consumers
who don’t even try. “For every consumer who tries to reject
his or her vehicle, there are probably fifteen more who are trying to
drive to work, get the children to school, and do all the other driving
that a family does in a year,” said leading California lemon law
attorney and consumer advocate Norman Taylor. “This is all being
done in a vehicle that has substantially impaired use, value or safety—that
is, a lemon.”
The best possible route consumers can take is to contact a lemon law attorney
the moment they think they might have a lemon. “With the many diversionary
tactics dealers and manufacturers can use—and we are very familiar
with them—it is essential that consumers find protection in the
law,” said Taylor.
The moral is, avoid the runaround. Don’t give up—get help right away.