Lemon Laws in Florida protect consumers from motor vehicle dealers who engage in dishonest practices. The laws essentially state that any car or motor vehicle that is purchased and has significant “nonconformities” that can impact the safety and performance of the car and can be considered for recall or replacement of car parts, after numerous attempts by the manufacturer or dealer to repair these problems.
Different Kinds of Dealership Fraud
Car dealers can be an unscrupulous bunch. As a consumer, it is important that you are always on your toes about the possible methods that dealers can use to rip you off. Some of the ways that they can cheat consumers are as follows:
Odometer Disclosure Fraud: What this entails is the situation when a consumer wants to purchase a used car from the dealer but the dishonest dealer blatantly lies and tells the consumer that there are more miles left in the car than what it actually has.
Fake Warranty Fraud: Often times, dealerships do not submit the written contract even after you have signed it. Instead, they offer extended service contracts that do not bind them in any way, and might affect the process in which you want to recall the car.
Lemon Law Helps Consumers
As such, the Florida Lemon Law not only protects consumers by offering them some form of compensation should they find that their vehicle is not what they bought, but acts as a form of deterrence toward dealership fraud. With these laws in place, if the dealer or manufacturer sells a car that does not live up to its name, they have to incur larger costs to deal with the replacement of car parts or complete replacements of cars.