Virginia Lemon Law Questions & Answers

Q: What can I do if a recall has left my car undrivable for 5 months?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Business Law and Lemon Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Contact the Center for Automotive Safety, see if there is any class action or bad faith action for such conduct--they should,at a minimum, authorize a rental.

Q: We just purchased a car and found out 3 wks later it shouldn't have passed state inspection! What do we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Lemon Law for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 7, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
In Virginia, the general rule when buying a vehicle is "Buyer Beware." This rule may block you from any recourse. However, the Consumer Protection Act in Virginia will cover your vehicle, especially if there was a latent defect and the dealer should have known about the defect when he sold the vehicle to you. You should get an estimate for the repairs to be done to the vehicle and then you may want to file a Warrant in Debt in the court where you purchased the vehicle. The court will consider...

Q: Can I sue a private seller for falsely advertising a car that I bought?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Lemon Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 8, 2016
Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
You have a claim against the seller for fraud if there was (1) a false representation, (2) of a material fact, (3) made intentionally and knowingly, (4) with intent to mislead, (5) that you relied upon, and (6) causing you damages.

Q: Just bought used car that was inspected (Va. State inspection) and shouldn't have passed due to tire tread depth?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Virginia on
Answered on Oct 6, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If it being inspectable was part of the deal--i.e. it was inspected before sale, then it's presumed that it met inspection requirements. Have it checked out to see if anything else is below the line, ask the dealer to give you new tires as part of the deal was inspectability. They don't, file a complaint with the state and ask them to order the dealer to pay cost of new tires.

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