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.
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.
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.
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.