Most people don’t realize that Connecticut was the first state in the nation to adopt lemon law rules. That was back in 1982, and since then, every state in the nation has passed its own set of lemon laws. Connecticut was a leader then, and it still has some of the most robust lemon laws in the nation. Still, many CT residents don’t fully understand the lemon law and how it might apply to them. Here’s an overview.
A new car lemon is essentially a defective vehicle. However, CT lemon law doesn’t cover every single defect. It only covers defects that affect the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. So, for example, if the seat’s fabric were defective, the car wouldn’t be considered a lemon. On the other hand, if the vehicle had faulty brakes, that defect would be covered under the lemon law.
Connecticut’s lemon law rules also outline a timeframe during which a vehicle is covered. The defects have to show up within the first two years of the day you (or the original owner) took receipt of the vehicle, or the first 24,000 miles on the odometer – whichever comes first.
Just because a vehicle has a defect doesn’t automatically make it a lemon. What makes a car a lemon is when the defect can’t be or hasn’t been repaired. While CT lemon law says that a “reasonable” number of repair attempts must be made, which is defined as four repair attempts. This means that, if you’ve taken the vehicle in for service four times and the problem isn’t fixed, and if the problem is one that affects the use, value, or safety of the vehicle, you likely have a lemon on your hands.
There are a couple of other ways to meet the criteria for Connecticut lemon laws. For example, even if you haven’t taken your vehicle in four times for repair, it can still be considered a lemon if it’s been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 days for a number of unrelated problems. Likewise, if the defect is one that might cause serious injury or death if you drive the car, you have lemon law rights after two or more repair attempts during the first year you own the car.
Dealing with lemon law issues can be daunting for consumers, most of whom have never had to navigate the legal maze involved with a lemon buyback. That’s why it’s in your best interest to get lemon law advice from at attorney who specializes in lemon law. The attorneys at LemonJustice.com are standing by, ready to assist you. Call today for a free case evaluation.