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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: I bought a brand new Toyota Corolla in January of this year and water leaks into it every time it rains. Is this a lemon

My car smells like mildew every time it rains and it’s not even a year old. Water is leaking in from the lights on the roof in the front passenger side.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Nov 21, 2022

I'm assuming that you purchased the vehicle as new from a Puerto Rico car dealer. Have you taken the car back to the dealer to have it serviced? Under the Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs Department ("DACO", by its Spanish acronym) regulations, you have 3 years or 36,000 miles as the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can I file suit on a dealership that sold me a lemon car and that knowingly was being deceitful about car repairs
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Yes, if you purchased a new automobile from a dealership, you may be able to file a "Lemon Law" complaint. The complaint procedure is overseen by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

The requirements and procedure are described in layman's terms on its website at...
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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I bought a lemon and have been in and out of the dealerships for the last year being I purchased on 10/20/2021.

I'll try to say this as nicely as possible but in regard to my attorney, I'm beyond fed up at this point. 1. I've never even talked to the attorney himself I have to speak to the assistant who has horrible communication skills. She does'nt return my calls, voicemails or emails... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Sorry for your issues. You may want to pay some one for 30 to 60 minutes of time to re-evaluate and or give a second opinion.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: I purchased a pre-owned vehicle with time remaining on the New Vehicle Warranty but denied coverage by a service center.

The New Vehicle Warranty is transferable. I participated in an arbitration and the manufacturer was ordered to repair the car. The manufacturer has blacklisted the car, preventing any service done to the car including recall repairs, can't even make a service appointment. Since I've... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Nov 10, 2022

You have quite a few issues here in your post. There are quite a few legal issues as well that relate. The biggest issue right now is there's a recent case in California that says used cars are no longer covered by the lemon law. A good lemon law attorney can probably find a way around that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: My son bought his first car from dealership in FL he owes a few thousand left found multiple issues what can be done?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Your son needs to schedule a consultation with an attorney for review of the purchase contract and the history of the situation. What his consumer rights are depends on a number of factors, especially the terms of the purchase contract and warranty, if any. Regarding the $$ he still owes, if that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: Bougth a used car from a privite seller. He lied about what was wrong with it and have prof. Anything I can do?

I purchased a used vehicle from a private seller. The check engine lights were on when buying the car, and he informed me it was the car struts. He told me if I replaced them, that would fix the problem. He also said there was a warranty on the vehicle. So I bought the car and replaced the struts.... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Most used cars are sold as-is. When you purchase a car “as-is” that means you are not relying on anything the Seller may have told you about the condition of the car.

But if this one wasn’t sold as-is, you likely can sue the Seller for fraud to recover the cost of repair as well as...
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3 Answers | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: i purchased a 2017 chevy cruze from a dealer ship called Family auto sales, it keeps on heating up.

I took the car to the dealership three time already, twice they have said that they don't find anything wrong with it. the third time they just said it was not their problem anymore since the car was already financed and it belonged to the finance company. I took it to a third party repair... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Sep 22, 2022

you should gather all your paperwork (from purchasing the documents, to warranties, to report reports, etc) and consult with an auto fraud/ dealership fraud attorney. during the consultation and after full review of your documents, the attorney should be able to inform you of your legal options in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Colorado on
Q: I am an international student and bought an used car in Jan 8 convinced by the fact that the Carfax was clean.

But very soon it presented overheating problems. On Jan 17, 9 days after the purchase, I took it for an oil exchange at Grease Monkeys, where they made the following comments on the invoice:

- COOLANT SYSTEM LEAK

- ENGINE OIL LEAK

- HEAD GASKET LEAKING

Which... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga PRO label
answered on Sep 19, 2022

While this is not my area of expertise, I would check into the state's lemon laws. If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer you might be able to return it or have them fix some of the issues. I recommend checking the colorado bar's website under the licensed lawyer tool to look for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does the Lemon law protect used vehicles purchased under Warranty?

7/15/ 21Purchased 2018 Yukon denali XL from a GM dealership for $67,573 & 34,921 miles

6/08 Vehicle started shaking while idle. I received a low oil alert on my phone. Checked oil & it was 75% full.

6/13 Took vehicle to mechanic to have the idle issue looked into. While... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 23, 2022

The Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles. However, you may have claims against the dealer or manufacturer because of the warranty issues. The Magnuson-Moss Act may apply. If you also purchased a service contract, additional claims may apply. You need to take all of the purchase and warranty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I purchased a used vehicle from a dealership in CA. 04/21/2022. it has been 107 days and dealer has failed to transfer

I called DMV and was told the dealership failed to transfer tittle. DMV also informed me that the dealership in fact had possession of the new registration "tags" at the time of purchase. However, i did not recieve those stickers. Registration expired in March 2022. Purchased vehicle... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Aug 6, 2022

Anything else you should know? The law is rarely black and white and even when it is, some lawyer or some judge figures out a way to add a new shade of grey. We have an adversarial system of justice and that keeps both sides employed. Both sides argue and then typically, if they cannot settle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for South Carolina on
Q: I was sold a car that had a 125-point inspection, took it to a mechanic and there were issues that should've been found

The car dealership advertises that they do a 125-point inspection and the issues that were found total up to almost $2,000. I researched what type of issues are looked at with this type of inspection, and with the information that I found there is no way that an inspection was done. Is this false... Read more »

David Andrew Maxfield
David Andrew Maxfield
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Potentially; SC has a Motor Vehicle Dealer's Act, which prohibits deception in advertising or in statements made to you about the condition of the car. So, if Dealer said it had done an inspection (in advertising or elsewhere) but did not really do one, Dealer could be sued under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently financed a ‘13 Dodge Avenger from a used car dealership. It failed 2 emissions inspections.

The car has been at the mechanic longer than I have been able to use it and I’m making payments on it for 2 months now without being able to use the vehicle. The dealership refuses to void the contract and insists of wasting more time trying to fix it or selling me a different car with a higher... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This question was previously asked and answered. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue Ford in small claims court for faulty engine.

My Ford escape with EcoBoost engine blew up. This is a common problem there are class action lawsuits. Can I sue Ford in small claims court and would it be worth it.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 26, 2022

Can you? Yes. Should you? No. You need to understand that major corporations like Ford have entire departments full of attorneys working for them, any of whom would have a field day with a pro se litigant. The first thing they will do is remove the case to the general civil docket because 1)... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can we make a dealer repair or replace a bad 5th wheel camper (used)?

Purchased a used 5th wheel camper from a dealer. Got it home and slide-out malfunctioned. Went out crooked, woud not go back in straight. Paid someone to come get it in straight. He found a bent slide rail and gears with evidence of previous damage.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Depends on whether you purchased "as is" or with or without a warranty. And maybe whether they knew about the problem and intentionally covered it up.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I have dealership remove paint protection and gps theft protection add on?

Dealership added warranty, paint protection, and gps tracker on the contract. The contract was already signed, we were able to have the warranty removed, but not the paint protection and gps theft protection as they said they are required when buying new vehicles from their dealership. Is this true... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jun 9, 2022

You have asked a good question which should serve as a warning to all consumers: Read the contract before you sign it.

I think I can guarantee that if you had complained before you signed, those add-ons would have been removed. The dealer's explanation is simply bs to lull people into...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it the manufacturers fault or the dealerships fault? Also should I hire and attorney and if so which type?

A recall (ECU software update) that came with an emissions warranty came out in 2019. I tried to have the recall done in 2019, dealership said they couldn't do it due to modifications made to the vehicle. In 2021 I went back to have the recall completed with same "modifications"... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on May 27, 2022

I suggest you hire a lawyer to address this matter. At the very least you should have an attorney send a demand letter to both the manufacturer and dealer.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: What can I do about mechanical issues and damage on the brand new RV purchased from a dealership?

I just purchased a brand new 2022 RV from a dealership. We purchased it about 2 hours away from our home. When we got it home that same day of purchase, the slide out was malfunctioning. After getting a mobile repairman out for inspection he found that the wiring was faulty and slide out damaged.... Read more »

Daniel Timothy LeBel
Daniel Timothy LeBel
answered on Apr 6, 2022

The buyer has the option to demand repair or replacement for violations of California's Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the "lemon law." It is a violation, subject to limitations, for a warranteed product to be out of service for 30 days or more. You should contact an experienced... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Consumer Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I sue a well reputable bmw dealership for selling me a car for lemon law back around 2018?

I purchased pre-certified 2015 bmw 535xi when it has 55k miles on it and now the car only has 62k miles on it in 2022. it broke down on me yesterday. It's barely driven for all these years and it breaks down (possibly the drivetrain).

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Apr 4, 2022

I think you may be out of luck. From the Massachusetts Lemon Law website:

Your Vehicle's Term of Protection

Your used vehicle has a set time frame during which it is eligible for repairs!

You vehicle is eligible for mandatory repairs if the defects occur during your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Contracts for Kentucky on
Q: Mr. Denison I haven't been able to get ahold of the owner of the car lot that committed ky consumer protection act

To discuss anything about the truck either he's not there or he doesn't return calls found out today that he has done went and put my vehicle up for sale again without giving me order for repossession or anything I know I need to hire a lawyer that would take it on a contingency plan can... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 23, 2022

Where are you located?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Does a used car from 2007 with 150000 miles have a guarantee from a used car dealer?

I drove the car for 38 miles and started to have transmission problems. The dealer said that I don't have a guarantee or a refund due to the car having more than a 100,000 miles.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 9, 2022

For the sake of discussion, I'm assuming that the vehicle was purchased and is in use in Puerto Rico. Regulation 7159 of the Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs Department (DACO) states the following warranties are in effect, based upon the mileage of the car:

* Up to 36,000 miles, 4 months...
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