How can a consumer prevent buying a lemon? It’s a question we have received for decades, but sadly we do not have an answer. There is no surefire way a consumer can guarantee they are not going to end up with a lemon car, even if they buy the hottest luxury electric car in the Country.
Surely you have heard of the extremely hard-to-get Fisker Karma, a luxury electric car that retails for six figures. Sporty and modern, the car has received ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from everyone in the automotive industry and our client was certainly beyond thrilled when he landed a Fisker Karma Echosport in February 2012. The thrill was short-lived though when the car stopped short during his first test drive. Then, once he bought it, the car left him and his family stranded far from his home. He was told that he needed to open the engine hood and “reboot” the car to restart his engine, which he did on several occasions. And he was not expecting that the dust being created by his rear wheels would actually start to chip his car paint. Who would have guessed this dream car would turn into such a nightmare?
And that is when this distressed driver turned to his Lemon Law rights and contacted us at 1 800 LEMON LAW. Of course, we agreed to taken on his case at no cost to him. We know that a hefty price tag does not prevent a driver from landing a lemon.
The client was represented by Lemon Law Attorney Fred Davis, who successfully argued that Fisker violated the Lemon Law and the consumer was entitled to a complete repurchase. The moral of this Fisker Lemon Law story–no one is protected from buying a Lemon, no matter what kind of car or what price is paid. If you are regularly back and forth to the dealer to have your car fixed, or your car is out of service an extended period to time, you need to look into your State Lemon Law and Federal Warranty Rights. Only then will you find yourself back “in the driver’s seat” regarding the situation.