Arkansas Lemon Law Advice

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on April 7th, 2010

Arkansas lemon law advice is fairly easy to come by, but sometimes what you really need to know are the facts. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of Arkansas defective automobile laws, lemon law warranty laws, and lemon buyback provisions of the law.

Basically, Arkansas lemon law covers new vehicles that are purchased or leased, including motor homes (but not the living quarters). If your vehicle is defective, the lemon law says that the dealer or manufacturer has three chances to fix it, plus one final attempt. However, if the defect is so serious that it could cause serious injury or death, Arkansas lemon law says that the vehicle can be considered a lemon after only two repair attempts. Alternately, if your vehicle has a number of unrelated defects, the manufacturer or dealer has five attempts to repair the problem, or your vehicle must be out of service because for a total of 30 days before being considered a lemon.

Arkansas Lemon Laws for Used Cars

Like many states, Arkansas doesn’t have a lemon law for used cars. Nevertheless, there are other laws on the books that can help if you’ve purchased a defective used car. For example, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act covers all purchases (from iPods to cars), and the Federal Trade Commission has what’s called a “Used Car Rule.” If the dealer doesn’t follow the Used Car Rule, you may have a case. Similarly, if the odometer’s been tampered with or if the dealer engaged in financing shenanigans, you may have a legal basis for getting some or all of your money back.

Selecting an Arkansas Lemon Law Attorney

When you select an Arkansas lemon law attorney, you’ll be assured that the letter of the law will be followed in order to establish that your vehicle is a lemon. For example, the law requires that the manufacturer be notified in writing after the third repair attempt, and the letter must be sent by certified mail with a return receipt requested. Then, the manufacturer has 10 calendar days to schedule a final repair attempt.

It’s important to get the timing right and to cover all the legal bases in order to get protection under Arkansas lemon law. The legal team at LemonJustice.com can help you maneuver through the system and may even be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Moreover, they’ll go to the mat for you and take the manufacturer to court in order to get the justice you deserve.

Arkansas Expands Lemon Law Protection

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on September 14th, 2009

Arkansas joined several other states this year by passing legislation that strengthens lemon laws. While lemon laws and their 2009 amendments vary from state to state, Arkansas moved toward covering more vehicles. According to a press release from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel:

Previously, under Arkansas’s Lemon Law, vehicles that had a gross vehicle weight-rating of over 10,000 pounds were not covered. With the enactment of ACT 322, which took effect on July 31, 2009, coverage was expanded to include most vehicles with a weight-rating of up to 13,000 pounds. The one exception is that the 13,000 pound limitation does not apply to vehicles that are “substantially altered” after the initial sale.

“The practical effect of the change to our state’s Lemon Law is that it now provides protection for bigger trucks and SUVs, which many farmers, business owners, construction workers and families buy each year,” said McDaniel. “With this change, consumers in the market for a larger vehicle should feel more confident making a purchase.”

Congratulations, Arkansas for giving consumers added protection.