Is Your Car a Lemon?

Written by Steven Chabotte

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Once your car has passedrepparttar state hurdle to be classified to become a lemon, you must take actions to get restitution. Each state has a different procedure you must follow. Some states requre that you send a letter torepparttar 135192 manufacturer to give them one last chance to repairrepparttar 135193 defect. Other states have arbitration panels you must deal with to get restitution.

No matter what methodrepparttar 135194 state has in place for you to seek restitution, you always haverepparttar 135195 option of working with an attorney if you do not feelrepparttar 135196 issue was solved to your satisfaction. You should consider an attorney as a last resort as not all states allow you to be reimbursed for your legal fees if you win. (And of course if you lose, you would not get reimbursed.) So as frustrating as this situation may be, it is best to persue all state sponsored remedies before seeking legal help.

What happens if you win?

If your vehicle is determined to be a lemon under your state's law, you are entitled to a refund or a comparable replacement vehicle. A comparable vehicle most be indentical or a reasonable equivalent of your current vehicle. A refund will include your purchase price, taxes and any other options installed inrepparttar 135197 vehicle minus a usage fee based on how much you usedrepparttar 135198 car. The terms will very a bit from state to state but this is generally what you can expect.

What happens torepparttar 135199 car afterrepparttar 135200 manufactuer takes it back?

The manufacturer will generally recondition it and put it back for sale within its network. Depending onrepparttar 135201 state whererepparttar 135202 problem occurred,repparttar 135203 title may or may not be stamped with a phrase like "Lemon Law Buyback" when it is returned to that state for resale. However, not all states require this and ifrepparttar 135204 car was transferred from one state to another,repparttar 135205 information may not follow onrepparttar 135206 title issued fromrepparttar 135207 new state.

Used car buyer beware!

While lemon cars are only a very small percentage ofrepparttar 135208 used cars that are sold, this issue with titles not always conveyingrepparttar 135209 true history ofrepparttar 135210 car, it showsrepparttar 135211 importance of doing research on any used car purchase. If you are buying a used car from a dealer, you should insist on a Carfax lemon check report and if you are buying from an individual, you should do one yourself at It is a very reasonable price to pay to be sure your car has no hidden defects.

Steven Chabotte is a freelance writer that writes for Lemon Law Resources and My Attorney Finder

Finding Your Dream Car

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No matter where you buy your used car, be prepared to stand firm. There are a bazillion other cars you could fall in love with. Be willing to walk away fromrepparttar car ifrepparttar 134900 deal doesn't meetrepparttar 134901 criteria you laid out earlier. Your ability to negotiate a great deal will increase by leaps and bounds.

Always knowrepparttar 134902 market value of any car you're considering and make your first offer lower. You want a little room to negotiate.

Ask for a detailed vehicle history report and service records fromrepparttar 134903 seller. This report can identify major problems including past accidents, flood damage, and odometer discrepancies. When you decide to buy a car, make sure you get it checked out by a trusted mechanic before you hand over any money. Thatís absolutely crucial.

Buying a used car can be one ofrepparttar 134904 most exciting purchases you ever make. Following a few guidelines will ensure that itís also one ofrepparttar 134905 wisest!

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