Lemon law introduction
Lemon laws were introduced primarily to protect the
consumer from unscrupulous dealers who would sell off
any old rubbish and claim that the item was fit for
Unfortunately, many cars sold today have been
repaired or restructured and have a somewhat dubious
For example, did you know that there are dealers out
there that will take two similar cars which have been
damaged – one front end and one back end – and
literally weld the two halves together to make one
In the trade this is called a ‘cut and shut’ and
is highly dangerous. The car can virtually fall apart
when involved in even the slightest impact.
The lemon law also forces manufacturers to buy back
any cars deemed to be in the lemon category. Although
there is a common law to all states, most have
different interpretations of this law. Check it out
before you part with your hard earned cash.
Also be aware that any used car has a history. Finding
this history is not always easy especially if the car
has been shipped out of state or out of the country.
Make sure the engine and chassis number match up with
the paper work and try your best to check if the
vehicle was ever involved in an accident.
Remember, these laws were introduced to protect you,
the consumer. If you can arm yourself with a little of
this knowledge, you will be protecting yourself from
untold misery. After all, life is too short to spend
it in the hospital or courtroom!