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.
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.
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?
Buying a new car can be exciting. If it is a used car purchased from a West Virginia auto dealer, it may have low mileage and even the new car smell. These vehicles are typically polished and appear to be in mint condition. Despite looking like new, the new car could have a history of ongoing repairs that date back to the first time it was sold, fresh off the assembly line. Knowing what to look for before buying a vehicle can help determine if it’s a good deal or a potential problem.
Buying a car in Charleston is not just any other purchase; given the money spent and the amount one typically relies on his or her personal vehicle to complete his or her daily routine, it is a transaction for which one requires certain consumer protections. The state's Lemon Law does allow for legal recourse when one cannot get a car dealer to honor its promises, yet is it something that should be cited every time an issue arises with his or her vehicle? On the contrary, one cannot seek action under the Lemon Law unless certain steps have been taken.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new vehicle in West Virginia, you’re likely concerned about being fooled by a smooth-talking car salesman. It’s true that car dealerships utilize a lot of tricks intended to get consumers to pay more for a vehicle than it’s actually worth, or agree to costs that aren't full warranted. In order to avoid falling prey to these tricks, BusinessInsider.com offers the following guidance.
The West Virginia lemon law, a type of consumer protection specific to the auto industry, exists to hold manufacturers responsible for the warranties they issue. The concept is that, with these protections in place, the cars you buy are more likely to be free of major defects. However, from our work with this area of the law at the Grubb Law Group, we know that our clients are more likely to be concerned with getting back on the road than they are with high ideals of consumer rights.
When shopping for a new (or used) car in Charleston, one element that you do not want to overlook are its warranty protections. Often, the expense of the warranty will be included in the purchase price; other times it may be purchased separate. Having it in place can certainly offer added piece of mind beyond knowing that repair and maintenance costs on your new vehicle will be covered. As several of those that we here at The Grubb Law Group have worked with can attest to, it is your vehicle's warranty that secures your consumer protection.
Few things may be more exciting than purchasing a new car from any one of Charleston's many dealerships. That new car smell you enjoy as you drive your vehicle home serves as a confirmation that your days of worrying about car troubles are over. Perhaps that is why it is so disheartening when issues do immediately begin to arise with a new vehicle. Your warranty protection ensures that such issues should be addressed by the dealership (or its agents) at no unreasonable additional cost to you. Yet you may find that service technicians are not miracle workers.
You worked hard to save up for a new car. You did your research to choose the right model and even test drove it at the dealership. You expected your new car to perform well, but soon after taking it home, you discovered major problems.