The lemon dilemma

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What is a lemon law ?

Lemon laws are state laws that provide a remedy for purchasers of cars and other consumer goods in order to compensate for products that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. Although there may be defective products of all sorts ranging from small electrical appliances to huge pieces of machinery, and there is even a "puppy lemon law," the term "lemon" is generally thought of as applying to defective vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, SUV's, motorcycles, etc.

The Nissan Altima Sedan 2014

Once you've made your decision (and your purchase), you need to know what to do if you have any problems with your new car. Most new cars come with some kind of warranty. You'll be given the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty. Make sure you read the fine print. You may find that the extended warranty isn't worth the price. If you purchase a used car, it may still be under the manufacturer warranty, or you will have the option of purchasing an extended warranty. Whatever kind of warranty you end up with, know what is covered and what isn't. For instance, damage to the body of the car may be fixed free of charge under the warranty, but an automatic window that won't go up or down may not.

If you feel that you have been sold a "lemon" or a bad car, you do have recourse. All states have "lemon laws" that pertain to new car purchases. These laws allow you to take action against a dealer for selling you a bad car. If you feel you have been cheated, find out what you can do about it, the Better Business Bureau Law Program.