Lemon Law Pennsylvania


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If your new vehicle has undergone numerous repairs and is still not operating according to reasonable standards of performance and quality, you may be able to seek relief under the lemon law Pennsylvania. The majority of new vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty assuring the purchaser that the vehicle will operate without a problem for a stated period of time or mileage. Pennsylvania provides a legal remedy to consumers if their  automobile does not meet reasonable standards referred to as lemon law. The lemon law Pennsylvania was enacted to protect you from the breach of the vehicle’s warranty by the manufacturer.

The lemon law Pennsylvania applies if a problem arises with your vehicle that the manufacturer is unwilling to repair. For example, most warranties provide that an automobile will operate without issue for the stated period of the warranty. The length of the warranty can be stated in terms of a number of months, or an amount of mileage.  If the manufacturer does not honor the warranty, you can file a complaint against the manufacturer stating the lemon laws of Pennsylvania as the basis for your complaint. In addition, if your vehicle has undergone numerous repair attempts but still does not operate according to reasonable quality and performance, you may be able to seek relief through the lemon laws of Pennsylvania.

Specifically, the Pennsylvania lemon law applies to to any new vehicle purchased and registered in the state of Pennsylvania. However, the vehicle must be used for personal use only, and not for business purposes. If you own a motorhome or motorcycle, you will not have the protection of the lemon law, as these vehicles are excluded.

According to the lemon law Pennsylvania, the manufacturer has a duty to make all necessary repairs to the vehicle that affect the safety of the vehicle or a defect that substantially impairs the use and value of the vehicle that occurs within 12 months or 12,000 miles from the date of purchase. However, if the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty apply longer than the minimum amount of the lemon law, the longer term will be in effect. In addition, lemon law Pennsylvania also states that if the vehicle is not repaired after three attempts or if the car is inoperable for 30 days or more for the year, you may be eligible for a replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price of the vehicle taking into account the time that you used the vehicle.  

Before reading your vehicle’s warranty, consider consulting an attorney to determine if your automobile’s repairs are included as part of the warranty. The time to file a complaint is also limited, and most complaints must be filed within one year from the date you purchased the vehicle. If you have questions about your legal rights and you need help finding an attorney in Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Bar Association http://www.pabar.org/. Also, you can find additional information about the lemon law Pennsylvania process by visiting the Better Business Bureau’s website. For example, if you live in Pittsburgh, contact the Better Business Bureau in your area http://pittsburgh.bbb.org/.