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When Life Gives You Lemons

Susan J

Do you always make lemonade when life gives you lemons? It can be hard in some situations, for sure.

What happens when you buy a car and it gives you continuous problems? Depending on what exactly is going on, it may just be a lemon. Let’s face it, lemons are sour and not good for your taste buds!

The Lemon Law has been in effect in South Carolina since 1989. This law protects new car buyers from purchasing vehicles that may have manufacturer defects or safety issues. If you experience repeat problems from a new vehicle, I would recommend checking your states laws. In many states, they base it on the mileage, length of ownership and how many times the car has needed service by a repair shop.

Different states have various ways of handling lemon law situations. It is important to keep track of all paperwork for the repairs. This will help time stamp and show when the problems occurred. Keeping a log of repairs while your car was non-drivable is important. Sometimes all the phone calls and people you have worked with may be confusing so this log will help you keep things accurate!

If your vehicle is deemed as a lemon, the manufacturer may offer you a refund or a replacement. The age of the vehicle and problems you have experienced would help determine the best resolution. Different manufactures will handle the problems differently. If the manufacturer handles it to your satisfaction, they may be able to keep your business! If they handle it poorly, they are at risk of losing your business.

Buying a new vehicle should not result in continuous frustrations or a lot of time in the shop. Let’s face it, you bought a new car to avoid problems and to give yourself peace of mind. Who really wants to worry about possibly being stranded on the side of the road?

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