Lemon Laws in Florida
When you buy a new car, you can (and should) reasonably expect the vehicle to be free of any defects or issues. The last thing you want to do is take a brand-new vehicle in to be serviced. The good news is that the state of Florida has laws regarding lemons-- vehicles purchased with existing defects. However, Florida's lemon laws apply only to purchases and long-term leases of new vehicles. This means if you bought a used car that turned out to be defective, you would not be protected under lemon laws. If you believe that you have bought a lemon and would like to seek legal recourse, contact an experienced Tampa lemon law attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A.What Makes a Vehicle a Lemon?
After purchasing or leasing a new car, there is a period of 24 months where your vehicle is covered by Florida's lemon laws. In order for your new car to be considered a lemon, there are three things that must occur within the first 24 months. You must find a defect that substantially impairs the use or safety of the vehicle, attempt to repair the issue at least 3 times, and due to repairs, the vehicle must be out of service for at least 15 days in total. This prevents the confusion of existing defects with general wear-and-tear on the vehicle.
If your vehicle meets all the conditions of a lemon, you may contact the manufacturer in order to request a final repair or inspection. If you do not receive a response in 10 days, you may seek legal recourse. You may be entitled to a cash settlement, replacement vehicle, or full refund. Even if you think your vehicle may not meet the conditions of a lemon, contact a skilled Tampa lemon law attorney to explore your options. At Pallegar Law, P.A., we understand that defects in recently purchases vehicles can affect your whole family. It is important that you have a vehicle that you can rely on to take you and your family to work, school, the doctor, and many other places. Purchasing a new car that is defective can put substantial financial and emotional strain on your family. If you believe your car may be a lemon, don't wait. Call an aggressive Tampa lemon law attorney today.Federal Lemon Laws
Even if your vehicle does not qualify as a lemon under Florida's laws, you may be able to seek legal recourse on the federal level. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal lemon law that protects consumers who have purchased a wide variety of consumer goods, including vehicles. One of the most important things to do if you believe you have bought a lemon is to compile a detailed repair and maintenance history of your vehicle. You will need to prove that your vehicle meets the requirements of a lemon in order to receive a settlement or replacement vehicle. Your Tampa lemon law attorney can help you gather this information and utilize it so you receive fair compensation for the defective vehicle.Call Pallegar Law, P.A. for a Lemon Law Consultation
If you or someone you know has bought a lemon, call an experienced Tampa lemon law attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. Call 813-444-3912 today.