While each state has its own motor vehicle lemon law, regulations differ from state to state, making it important for consumers to understand how they are covered when buying a vehicle in a state they may be unfamiliar with. In Pennsylvania, a motor vehicle may be a lemon if the nonconformity (what you’re complaining about) affects the use, value, or safety of the vehicle and the defect is not repaired after at least three attempts by the manufacturer. In the alternative, if your vehicle is out of service for a cumulative total of at least 30 days during a specified period of time, it may also qualify for lemon law relief.
Compared to other states, Pennsylvania’s lemon law is not as favorable to the consumer. Under that state’s law, a new vehicle may be a lemon if the nonconformity occurs within one year following the delivery of the vehicle to the consumer, within the first 12,000 miles of use, or during the term of warranty, whichever comes first. Additionally, manufacturers may resell vehicles that have been returned as lemons so long as the manufacturer provides the same warranty originally given to the consumer and informs the purchaser in writing that the vehicle was returned as a lemon. Vehicles that have a brake or steering problem that is likely to cause death or serious injury cannot be resold.
Identifying your vehicle as a lemon and figuring out how much compensation you are entitled to, can be a difficult process. If you have a lemon in California, Los Angeles lemon law attorney Howard Silver can help you get a replacement vehicle or a refund of your money. Call (866) 49-LEMON today for a free consultation about your case with attorney Howard Silver.