Pennsylvania PA Lemon Law FAQ's
- What is the Pennsylvania Lemon Law?
- What is a Lemon under the PA Lemon Law?
- Does the first repair attempt have to occur within 12,000 miles?
- What if my first repair attempt was after 12,000 miles?
- How many repair attempts must the Manufacturer make?
- Are there any exceptions to the three (3) repairs rule?
- What if my car is leased?
- What if I have a used car?
- What can I get if I have a Lemon?
- How much will this cost me?
- How long does this process take?
- Do I need an Attorney?
- What documents do I need to pursue a Lemon Law claim?
- How can I get started with my claim?
What is the Pennsylvania Lemon Law?
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law is a very strong consumer oriented law that provides relief and remedies to those who have purchased a defective motor vehicle.
What is a Lemon under the PA Lemon Law?
Your vehicle is a Lemon if it has suffered a defect or non-conformity which substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle.
Does the first repair attempt have to occur within 12,000 miles?
The manufacturer must be made aware of the problem within the first 12,000 miles. This can be done by contacting the selling dealership and notifying them of your vehicle's problems.
What if my first repair attempt was after 12,000 miles?
Then you may not qualify for coverage under the PA Lemon Law. Fortunately, there is a Federal Lemon Law known as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act which does not have mileage limitations like the PA Lemon Law. You may still be able to pursue a claim under that warranty Act.
How many repair attempts must the Manufacturer make?
Typically, the Manufacturer is entitled to three (3) repair attempts of the same problem before you can bring a Lemon Law claim.
Are there any exceptions to the three (3) repair rule?
Yes. If the defect exhibited by your vehicle is likely to cause serious injury or death, the Manufacturer is entitled to only one repair attempt.
What if my car is leased?
You can still bring a claim under the PA Lemon Law if your vehicle is leased, provided that you meet the above listed requirements of the law.
What if my car is a Used Vehicle?
If you have purchased a Used Vehicle, then you will not be able to bring a claim under the PA Lemon Law. Fortunately, there is a Federal Lemon Law known as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act which does not have mileage limitations like the PA Lemon Law. You may still be able to pursue a claim under that warranty Act.
What can I get if I have a Lemon?
If your vehicle is a Lemon, you may be entitled to either a full refund of the purchase price or a free replacement vehicle. A full refund would be a refund of any monies put into the purchase of the vehicle, including the down payment, any trade-in equity, the taxes, title fees, plate fees, and any payments made towards financing the vehicle. In addition, you can recover your reasonable Attorney fees for prosecution of the action.
How much will this cost me?
ZERO, if you retain our firm to represent you. We will get our fees directly from the manufacturer, and we will also attempt to recover any expenses incurred in the prosecution of your Lemon Law claim. We will pay for all usual and customary expenses in handling your claim, and you will have to pay nothing out-of-pocket.
How long does this process take?
That depends upon the severity of your vehicle's problems and the manufacturer of your vehicle. For example, if your vehicle had its transmission replaced 6 times, your claim would likely be settled within a matter of days. If you have had Air Conditioning problems 3 times, your case might take a bit longer. Certain manufacturers are also easier to deal with than others.
Do I need an Attorney?
Technically, the answer is no. You are free to pursue a claim on your own without legal representation. However, that would not be the smart choice to make, especially since we work on your claim for Free. Our office handles these matters on a daily basis and we have built a rapport with most of the manufacturers and their representatives and we can give you a much greater chance for success in your Lemon claim.
What documents do I need to pursue a Lemon Law claim?
The important documents are the Purchase Agreement, the Financing Agreement, the Repair Orders, Warranty book, Registration and Title, if you have it. If you do not have some of these documents, we can obtain them for you by the issuance of a subpoena.
How can I get started with a Lemon Law claim?
You can call our office at 412-823-8003 or 1-888-536-6644, you can send an email to Greg@PittsburghLemonLaw.com , or you can fill out our FREE Case Review form for a no obligation review of your potential Lemon Law claim.