One of the reasons that many consumers here in Charleston and elsewhere in West Virginia buy new cars is to replace their old, dilapidated car with a new set of reliable wheels. Not all new cars are created equally though.
There are times at which cars that are released onto the market have perpetual problems after very little use. These types of vehicles are commonly referred to as lemon cars.
West Virginia’s legal code spells out exactly what types of cars are covered under the state’s lemon law. Any vehicle purchased and titled in this state could qualify.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a sedan, a Class A van or pickup truck or a mobile home. All these vehicles are covered under the West Virginia lemon law. That same law describes how the vehicle in question must still be covered under a warranty to qualify as a lemon car.
That same state code also highlights what types of consumers are covered by West Virginia’s lemon law. It covers any consumer that purchased their vehicle to use it for personal use. Their vehicle must be covered by a warranty that has been properly transferred to them if the consumer wishes to qualify for protections under the state’s lemon law.
The law also outlines how car manufacturers have the responsibility to repair the non-operational vehicle. They’re given one year from the delivery of the car or the warranty period to complete those repairs. If the manufacturer can’t fix the vehicle within this period, then the state statute outlines how they must replace or repurchase the car instead.
Understanding the West Virginia lemon law statutes and where you’re eligible to file a claim under them isn’t necessarily straightforward. If you think that you’ve taken the necessary steps to get the car repaired, but it’s still not working as it should, then a lemon law attorney can help. They can advise you of the next steps to take in your case.