Pennsylvania Lemon Law
Lemon Law Information for PA Drivers
Are you driving a lemon in Pennsylvania? You may be entitled to a new car or refund. Learn more about your rights to 100% FREE legal aid under the PA Lemon Law.
- What is the Pennsylvania Lemon Law?
- Pennsylvania Lemon Law Summary
- Possible Outcomes Under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law
- Get FREE Legal Help for Your PA Lemon Law Claim
- Motorcycles, Used Vehicles, and the PA Lemon Law
- Legal Alternatives to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law
- Changes to the PA Lemon Law
- "Is my car a lemon? What can I do about it?"
- Why 1-800-LEMON-LAW?
- Submit Your Pennsylvania Lemon Law Claim
What is the Pennsylvania Lemon Law?
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law is a statute that provides PA consumers with protections to ensure new automobiles meet or exceed specific performance and quality standards. When these standards are not met, the manufacturer is required to compensate the consumer for damages, court costs, and attorney fees.
Pennsylvania Lemon Law Summary
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law covers new cars and personal trucks that are purchased or leased and registered in PA, or new cars and personal trucks that are registered for the first time in Pennsylvania. It applies when a vehicle has been in the shop an unreasonable number of times (normally three or more) for the same nonconformity, so long as the first occurrence happens within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.
Under the PA Lemon Law, a "nonconformity" is defined as "a defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, value, and/or safety of a vehicle."
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law also applies to vehicles that have been in the shop for thirty (30) calendar days or more during the first year or 12,000 miles – again, whichever comes first. These days do not need to be consecutive or for the same issue.
To be covered by the PA Lemon Law, a vehicle must be for personal use or family/household purposes.
Your rights under the PA Lemon Law do not apply if the problem is caused by your own neglect, alteration, or abuse of the vehicle. Likewise, the PA Lemon Law does not cover problems or defects due to vandalism, accidents, or work performed on the vehicle by anyone who is not authorized by the manufacturer.
If your vehicle has been in the shop for repetitive repairs under warranty, but the first visit did not occur within the Lemon Law parameters, you may still be entitled to remedy under Federal Law.
Possible Outcomes Under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law
- A complete and total repurchase of the original vehicle.
- A brand-new car or truck to replace your lemon.
- Monetary compensation, plus you keep the vehicle.
Get FREE Legal Help for Your PA Lemon Law Claim
The PA Lemon Lawyers at Kimmel & Silverman provide 100% COST-FREE legal representation using the fee-shifting provisions of the Pennsylvania Lemon Law and the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act.
If you prevail in your case, the PA Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to cover all attorney fees and legal costs on top of any remedy you receive (such as cash back or a new vehicle). In the rare occurrence you do not prevail, there still is no cost to you.
No matter what the outcome, you won't have to pay a penny out of pocket. This means you have nothing to lose when filing your claim with our Firm.
Motorcycles, Used Vehicles, and the PA Lemon Law
PA drivers frequently ask us: "Does the Pennsylvania Lemon Law cover motorcycles and used vehicles?"
Currently, the PA Lemon Law does not offer protections for motorcycles, off-road vehicles, motor homes, commercial vehicles, or used cars and trucks. The only time a used vehicle is covered under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law is when a dealer fails to disclose the vehicle's lemon history at the time of purchase (which may also be covered under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices Act).
But don't lose hope just yet. In the next section, we cover legal alternatives to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law. This means we may still be able to help you, completely free of charge.
Legal Alternatives to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law
If you have a used car, motorcycle, ATV, or your car's first repair is outside of the scope of the PA Lemon Law, there is a chance that we can help you using the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act.
If your vehicle has been in the shop three times or more for a single problem under an original, powertrain, or extended manufacturer's warranty, you could be entitled to significant monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the vehicle. Plus, you get to keep the car.
Just like the Lemon Law, legal representation under the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act is completely FREE.
Changes to the PA Lemon Law
With the introduction of House Bill 767, which was drafted with the assistance of Founding Partner Craig Thor Kimmel, the Pennsylvania Lemon Law now requires dealers, lessors, and transferors to disclose the lemon history of all used vehicles.
Additionally, the dealer or classified seller must obtain a signature from the buyer or lessee before the sale/lease can be completed. This is to ensure that both the buyer/lessee and dealer/seller were completely aware of vehicle's history before the transaction was completed.
"Is my car a lemon? What can I do about it?"
We've handled tens of thousands of Lemon Law claims over the years, and we understand that your situation can be stressful and frustrating. It is important for you to keep calm and maintain a record of all repair invoices, receipts, and interactions you've had with the manufacturer and authorized dealer.
Each time you take your lemon car or truck in for repair, be sure to ask for a copy of the repair invoice. Make sure each repair invoice accurately describes your problem with the vehicle, as well as any work completed to fix the defect.
Next, take a moment to confirm whether you are driving a lemon:
- Use the Lemon Checker. It only takes a few seconds.
- Send us an email with the facts of your claim for your FREE case evaluation.
- Call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652).
Kimmel & Silverman has more experienced Lemon Law Lawyers on staff than any other Pennsylvania Law Firm. We've successfully represented more than 75,000 consumers since 1991 and are proud to be the oldest, largest, and most successful Lemon Law Firm in the Keystone State.
Our attorneys have provided free legal help to drivers from every county throughout the state, recovering more new cars and buybacks than any other Lemon Law Firm in Pennsylvania.
Kimmel & Silverman is also the ONLY Lemon Law Firm to be named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers every year since its inception!
Founding partners Robert Silverman and Craig Thor Kimmel, along with Managing Attorney Jacqueline Herritt, have been repeatedly honored for their work, representing the top 5% of all attorneys in the state.
In addition, many of our associates have been honored as Pennsylvania Rising Stars, and we've been named "The Best Lemon Law Firm" by Philadelphia Magazine.
Our efforts have also been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Scranton Times, the Erie Times, the Allentown Morning Call, and many other newspapers and magazines; and our attorneys have appeared on newscasts, television programs, and radio talk shows throughout the state.