Many purchasers of motor vehicles in Florida are unaware about the rights that they have when buying from either a licensed car dealership, or a private dealer. Often times, unsuspecting customers start to realize that their newly purchased car has major performance or safety problems that are not supposed to be there. What can they do to protect themselves in this case?
Florida’s Lemon Law Protects Consumers
The Lemon Law only applies if the aforementioned new motor vehicle with major defects in it has already been sent to the manufacturer or car dealer for repair. In the case where the car’s defects cannot be fixed even after numerous attempts to repair it, then it can be sent for recall or further replacement of defective car parts. It is important to note however, that these defects have to be covered under the warranty before it can be considered by the Lemon Law.
Why the Lemon Law?
Essentially, this law acts as a means to provide consumers with ease of mind when they purchase a new car. Additionally, it would act as a form of incentive for dealers not to engage in dishonest practices when they sell the cars. The Lemon Law is extremely useful because it ensures that consumers are getting what they paid for.
If they do not receive a product that is of satisfactory quality, this law allows for the consumer to receive a full replacement of the entire motor vehicle or replacement of parts that compromise the safety of the driver, the passengers, and pedestrians. In some cases, manufacturers might also offer a full refund to the consumer.