Pennsylvania Lemon Law
What is the "Lemon Law" in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, the Lemon Law applies to new and leased cars with a nonconformity that cannot be repaired by a manufacturer-authorized dealership after three reasonable attempts. 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 product.
For your vehicle to qualify under the PA Lemon Law, the nonconformity must first occur within the first year (12 months) or 12,000 miles you own or lease the vehicle – whichever comes first.
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law also applies to vehicles that have been in the shop for thirty (30) or more calendar days during the first year or 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.
In order to be covered under the PA State Lemon Law, a vehicle must be new and purchased or leased and registered in Pennsylvania, or registered for the first time in Pennsylvania.
Fast fact: Kimmel & Silverman was directly responsible for having leased cars included in the PA Lemon Law Statute in 2002.
Possible remedies under the PA Lemon Law include:
- A complete and total repurchase of the original vehicle.
- A brand new replacement vehicle.
- Substantial monetary compensation along with continued ownership of the vehicle.
Qualified legal help is always 100% FREE under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law.
Pursuing your claim with the help of a qualified PA Lemon Law attorney from Kimmel & Silverman is completely cost-free and risk-free.
If you prevail in your case, the manufacturer is obligated to cover all attorney fees and legal costs in addition to any remedy you receive. If you lose, you won't pay a penny – not even to your attorney. This means you have absolutely nothing to lose when filing your Pennsylvania Lemon Law claim.
Pennsylvania Lemon Law Essential Information
The Lemon Law in Pennsylvania:
- Covers new cars, purchased or leased and registered in Pennsylvania, as well as vehicles originally registered in Pennsylvania.
- Covers issues that first occur in the first 12 months or 12,000 miles after purchasing or leasing the vehicle – whichever comes first.
- Can apply if your vehicle is in the shop for thirty (30) days in the first year or the 12,000 miles that you have the vehicle. These days do not need to be consecutive.
- Provides completely free legal help to consumers, win or lose. If you prevail in your case, the manufacturer must pay all attorney fees on top of whatever restitution you receive.
It's important to remember that, to be covered under the PA State Lemon Law, the problem must occur three or more times while the vehicle is still under the manufacturer's warranty.
Remedies under the PA Lemon Law may include a complete repurchase of the defective vehicle, a brand-new car, or significant monetary compensation plus continued ownership of your car.
Read the current Pennsylvania Lemon Law Statute of Limitations, or find the answers to common questions in our PA Lemon Law FAQ.
Alternatives to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law
If you have a used car or your car is outside of PA Lemon Law parameters, the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act may help.
If you don't qualify under the PA State Lemon Law, you may still be able to pursue legal action under the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. If your car has been in the shop three times or more for a single problem under an original 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.
Like the Lemon Law, legal representation under the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act is completely free.
Changes to the PA Lemon Law
The PA 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.
What should you do when you have a Lemon Law claim?
If you believe you are driving a lemon car, you may be entitled to cost-free legal representation from a PA Lemon Law attorney. Use the Lemon Checker to determine whether your defective vehicle is a lemon, click here for your FREE Lemon Law case evaluation, or call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652).
Kimmel & Silverman has more experienced PA Lemon Law Lawyers than any other firm in the state. We've represented consumers in every county throughout Pennsylvania.
Kimmel & Silverman was the only Lemon Law firm to work with The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee to expand the PA Lemon Law to include leased vehicle. This update to the PA Lemon Law effectively provides protection to 20% more Pennsylvania drivers. We also worked to enforce tighter title provisions to protect used car buyers from unwillingly purchasing a car with a lemon history.
Having successfully represented more than 75,000 consumers since 1991, recovering more new cars and buybacks than any other Pennsylvania Lemon Law Firm, Kimmel & Silverman is the only Lemon Law firm in the United States that has been honored by the American Bar Association.
Kimmel & Silverman is 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 as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, representing the top 5% of all attorneys state-wide. In addition, many of our associates have been honored as Pennsylvania Rising Stars.
We're proud to be named "The Best Lemon Law Firm" by Philadelphia Magazine and have been featured in numerous newspapers, including Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Scranton Times, and the Erie Times. Additionally, our attorneys have appeared on newscasts, television, and radio talk shows throughout the state.
By choosing our firm to represent your Lemon Law claim, you're getting 100% cost-free legal representation whether you win or lose.