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The process of purchasing a new vehicle in Charleston can be both exhilarating and terrifying. You are no doubt excited about the purchase, yet your enthusiasm is often tempered by concerns that the vehicle may not function as well as you expect once you drive it off the lot. Many people have come to us here at The Grubb Law Group after having been told that they can take a poorly functioning vehicle back to the dealership and that the dealer must take it back, no questions asked. If you have been told the same thing, you first need to know exactly what your consumer protections are in such a situation. 

Do car salespeople use deceptive practices?

Buying a car can be stressful enough on its own. You may also be subject to deceptive practices intended on bilking consumers out of money or convincing them to buy a vehicle that is not up to snuff. In this case, it's crucial that you're able to identify common deceptive sales tactics so you can avoid them whenever possible. To help you do just that, Bankrate offers the following information. 

Defining the reasonable number of repair attempts

As far as purchases go, few are bigger than buying a new vehicle in Charleston. By "new," many assume that to mean a brand new vehicle fresh from a manufacturer's assembly line. Yet in reality, many of the 17.22 million vehicles that the National Automobile Dealers Association reports were sold in 2018 were previously used. The nightmare shared by every buyer of a used car is that they will be saddled with a lemon, yet local lemon laws protect them by putting the responsibility on dealers and manufacturers to deal with defective vehicles. How the law requires that such vehicles be dealt with can cause quite a bit of confusion. 

How do I know if my vehicle was involved in a recall?

There are many reasons you may have missed a recall notice. Perhaps you have recently moved to West Virginia from out of state and still get your mail elsewhere, for example. Luckily, it is quite easy to determine whether your vehicle has been involved in an official recall notice.

Car manufacturers recall 74 percent more vehicles than they sell

In 2018, Forbes reported that automotive recalls had hit a four-year low for 2017. However, it also added that automotive recalls totaled 30.7 million units, compared to total sales of 17.6 million new vehicles. These figures may cause many drivers in West Virginia to reconsider the safety of their vehicles.

Dealer protections afforded by West Virginia's Lemon Law

Most assume that Lemon Laws only offer protection to consumers. Yet what about your role in the auto-buying process as an auto dealer? Being associated with a Lemon Law case can cause damage to your reputation, when in reality, you and your dealership may have played no role in the matter. You might also find that auto manufacturers may try to limit their own liability in such cases by deflecting the blame to you. Many in your same position have come to us here at The Grubb Law Group questioning exactly what their responsibilities are in a Lemon Law case. 

Does West Virginia have lemon laws?

A “lemon” refers to a vehicle that has numerous defects, thereby making its purchase suspect. Most states have lemon laws on the books to protect consumers, and West Virginia is no exception. The Better Business Bureau explains lemon laws in this state so you can remain protected from nefarious sales’ practices.

Assigning liability when you are resold a lemon

If the car that you recently purchased from a dealership in Charleston is already having problems, you may justly wonder how a dealer could sale you such a vehicle in the first place. Your frustrations will no doubt be compounded even more if you later discover that the vehicle had been turned in earlier for repair as mandated by the state's lemon laws. Many have come to us here at The Grubb Law Group after having purchased resold lemons questioning whether or not they have any legal recourse. A better question may be is who would be the target of such recourse: the dealer who sold the car, or the manufacturer who was charged with addressing the problem? 

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