THE NEW LEMON LAWS--DO THEY WORK?

Lemon laws have been passed in 19 states and have been or are being considered in 18 other states. Lemon laws are affecting owner-service manager relationships whenever they're in effect. Although they vary, in general, they provide that any car under warranty that a dealer can't fix in four tries (three tries in some states) is a lemon. U.S. law says warranteed repairs must be made. The lemon laws now add that if repairs are not made, you're entitled to a new car or you can get your money back. But your problem must be genuine--must involve a major problem that affects your car's value or use. This article gives further insight into how the laws are working, how appeals juries work, and what the auto industry response has been. Inserts with this article answer "questions you might ask" and tell you "where to call if you have a dispute."

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    Hearst Magazines

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  • Authors:
    • Fales, E
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.
  • Serial:
    • Popular Mechanics
    • Volume: 161
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Hearst Magazines
    • ISSN: 0032-4558

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 607
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM