Article provided by: Allen Stewart
Every state has its own lemon laws, as does the federal government. If you are interested in learning more about Tennessee lemon laws, then you’re in the right place now. Allen Stewart Corporation is passionate about litigating for the ‘little guys’ who get taken advantage of by the ‘big guys.’ If you’ve been on the receiving end of a lemon, then don’t chalk it up as a loss. We can use the lemon laws of Tennessee or even the federal lemon laws to get justice for you.
Lemon laws in Tennessee are a bit different than they are in other states. Lemon laws protect drivers who purchase vehicles with defects that can’t be repaired after four attempts by a manufacturer-authorized dealership. These four repairs must occur within a year or any time during the warranty period (whichever comes first). Even if your problem is changing, we can still file a case under the lemon laws of Tennessee as long as the vehicle has been in the shop for at least 30 days within the first year after purchase.
Are There Any Exceptions
There are other exceptions that allow us to file claims as well. For example, let’s say your car is 18-months-old, and it’s causing you all kinds of problems. In cases like these, we may still file a claim if your vehicle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. We can use the Federal-Magnuson Moss Warranty Act to seek remedy for you.
Will the Manufacturer Pay for My Legal Fees?
Many people complain that the lemon laws of Tennessee do not cover used vehicles. Still, there are some benefits, such as its fee-shifting provision, which means that the manufacturer will pay all of your attorney and legal costs if you prevail in your claim. And although used cars are not covered under the lemon laws of Tennessee, motorcycles and leased vehicles are.
You Have to Wait to File Your Lemon Law Claim
One of the more frustrating features of Tennessee lemon law is that owners of defected vehicles often have to wait and follow the proper procedures before they file. This means that, if they buy a brand new vehicle at a dealership and it the vehicle malfunctions within a few days, they still have to wait until the four repairs occur before they can file a lemon law claim.
Keep a Record of Your Repairs
One of the things that can help you make your claim is to make sure that you document all of your repairs in a personal log. Be sure to keep all receipts and invoices in good condition so that you can present your case as best as possible when it’s time to file.
One mistake to avoid is getting angry and leaving your car at the dealership with the keys in it, telling the dealer that you don’t want your vehicle anymore. This won’t accomplish anything, and it can actually hurt your credit. This is known as voluntary repossession.