Lemon Law: Don't Give Up, Get an Attorney

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.

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