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The Grubb Law Group - Charleston Lemon Law Attorneys

For as long as the car industry has been manufacturing automobiles, there have been cars made that don't work. It's one of the enduring mysteries of modern industrial technology that a small but stubborn percentage of the cars that roll off the assembly line will never perform as they should. In some cases, such cars won't even be safe to drive.

If you picked a lemon, you have rights under the West Virginia Lemon Law. Call the Lemon Law lawyers at The Grubb Law Group, and learn more about your rights under our state consumer protection statutes.

If your car or truck has a defect that substantially impairs its use or value, then the manufacturer is required to provide you with a replacement vehicle. As long as your vehicle is still under the manufacturer's original warranty, it is covered by West Virginia's Lemon Law (regardless of whether you purchased the vehicle new or used).

When the defect involves the vehicle's safety - brakes, air bags, drive train, electrical system, steering, or exhaust system, for example – it is presumed to be a "lemon" if the manufacturer fails to repair the defect after one attempt. When the defect does not involve a safety-related component, then the vehicle is presumed to be a "lemon" if the manufacturer fails to repair it after three attempts.

If your vehicle meets either of these presumptions, then the manufacturer bears the burden of proving the vehicle's soundness. This is a significant and powerful advantage for consumers.

Importantly, if your vehicle is a "lemon," and the manufacturer refuses to replace it, then you have the right to file a lawsuit seeking either replacement or a refund of the purchase price. You may also be entitled to recover damages for loss of use, annoyance and inconvenience.

As experienced warranty claim practitioners under the West Virginia Lemon Law, we're surprised how often auto manufacturers try to shirk their obligation to repair or replace "lemon" vehicles.

Because automakers have to pay your attorney's fees if you win, as well as their own legal fees and expenses, they should simply honor the law and replace the vehicle. All too often, however, a lawsuit is needed to force them to do the right thing.

We've also encountered numerous situations where cars that were determined to be "lemons" (and repurchased from their original owners) were resold to consumers without fully disclosing the vehicle's lemon buyback history. This practice, known as lemon laundering, is illegal and exposes manufacturers (and their authorized dealers) to serious liability. It exposes the rest of us to monetary loss and a potentially dangerous driving hazard.

Whether your lemon is first-generation or freshly laundered for resale, call The Grubb Law Group, Charleston, West Virginia's Lemon Law Firm. You have nothing to lose but your frustration.

The Grubb Law Group
1114 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.345.3356
Toll Free: 1.866.851.9292
Fax: 304.345.3355