If you’re a Georgia peach who buys a lemon of a vehicle, the state’s expanded Lemon Law will be a welcome relief. Consumers who buy or lease a new car after January 1, 2009 now have greater protections than they used to. According to a press release from the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs:

“Other than a house, a new car is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make in your lifetime,” says Joe Doyle, Administrator of The Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, the agency which administers the Lemon Law. “Our agency is adamant about helping protect this major investment on behalf of Georgia consumers.”

One of the main improvements of the revised law is that the Lemon Law Rights period has doubled from 12 months/12,000 miles to 24 months/24,000 miles, which is great news to consumers whose vehicle problems don’t emerge until the second year of ownership. In addition, the maximum gross vehicle weight rating requirements have increased from 10,000 pounds to 12,000 pounds, extending coverage to bigger trucks such as most versions of the Ford F350, Dodge Ram 3500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500.

What’s more, the revised Lemon Law has broadened its scope to include more small businesses. “The current economic crisis has been particularly tough on small businesses,” says Mr. Doyle. “The new Lemon Law will provide many of these businesses with protections that could save them thousands of dollars in vehicle repair or replacement costs”.

That’s excellent news indeed!