Whenever you buy a new car, it is a bit of a gamble in terms of quality. You never truly know if you are buying something good or bad. A car which is not very good and is always breaking down is referred to as a lemon. Even if you are unfortunate enough to get stuck with one of these, you should know that there is something commonly referred to as the “Lemon Law” which will protect you.
First and foremost, if you have a problem with a car that you have recently purchased, then all or most of these issues should be covered by the warranty. However, the Lemon Law is there to protect you in case the dealer keeps giving you the cold shoulder or if you keep having the same problem over and over again, a clear sign that the dealer did not fix the issue.
When talking about the Lemon Law in the U.S., most people are referring to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975. This is an act which makes sure that companies uphold their end of the deal when it comes to warranties. However, it does not force a company to provide a warranty to any product. If you bought a car with no warranty to begin with, the Lemon Law can’t really do anything for you.
If you do have a warranty, then the company is required to replace or repair all the parts that break down or do not work as advertised. There are only two caveats to this: the warranty must be full and still in effect and you must not be responsible for the damages. As long as these criteria are met, the Lemon Law will have you back on the road.