Learn The PA Lemon Law, From WYOU TV

August 12, 2008
By: LemonLaw

Lemon Law Attorneys Bob Silverman and Jacqueline Herritt were featured on WYOU TV Interactive News last night, discussing consumers’ rights under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law and the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.  The program also offered viewers the chance to call in and discuss their lemon horror stories with Kimmel and Silverman staff members. You can watch the video here.

In the meantime, here is a quick refresher on the PA Lemon Law:

  • The first problem must occur in the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. (If the problem occurs after the first 12 months, the consumer would have a claim under Federal Law.)
  • The problem must significantly affect the use, value or safety of the vehicle.
  • The problem must occur three times (or more) under the manufacturers’ warranty.
  • OR the car should be in the shop 30 or more days in the first year and they don’t need to be consecutive.
  • Maximum remedy under the PA Lemon Law is a new car (MSRP to MSRP swap), or a complete buyback of the car, including finance charges, taxes and tags, minus a small mileage offset based on the mileage when the problem was first reported.
  • A consumer could also receive monetary damages to reflect the diminished value of the car as a result of the problems suffered, plus they get to keep their car.  The car’s warranty remains in effect; the consumer does not need to disclose that they received money at the time of trade or sale; and the car is NOT branded a lemon on carfax or autocheck.
  • Motorcycles and used cars are not covered, however if the vehicles are in the shop three or more times under warranty for the same problem, they could qualify for monetary recourse under the Federal Law.
  • Legal help is completely cost-free under both the State and Federal Laws.  If the consumer prevails, the manufacturer must pay all attorney fees and legal costs ON TOP OF what the consumer receives. If a lemon law firm does take your case, they should not charge you if you do not prevail.  Therefore, fighting for your rights under the Lemon Law is cost-free and risk-free.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, click here.  To read about Lemon Laws in other states, click here.

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