I THINK MY CAR IS A LEMON
Buying a car that's a “lemon” can happen, and it's terrible. Maybe you've traded in your old vehicle or borrowed money for the purchase, and now you have a problem on your hands. Both new and used cars are governed by a number of laws that protect consumers during their vehicle purchases.
I'VE BEEN SOLD A (USED CAR) LEMON
Most car buyers are familiar with the term “lemon law” – something that protects you when you have been sold a bad vehicle. But if you've done a little interest research, you know that traditional lemon laws cover new cars. Wisconsin has great laws to protect the purchases of used cars. So if you've purchased a used vehicle in Wisconsin there are great laws to protect you.
Wisconsin's laws require car dealers to conduct a mandatory “safety inspection” on vehicles before selling them. As the purchases you are supposed to receive this inspection report – called a Wisconsin Buyer's Guide. Dealers are also required to disclose material defects on the car. These laws are designed to protect you – the buyer – from getting ripped off.
I'VE BEEN SOLD A (NEW CAR) LEMON
IT happens – a car manufacturer makes a “lemon” and you bought it. This is such a disappointment; new cars are supposed to be a wonderful moment in life, and now you have nothing put a pain. There are a number of different “steps” you have to take in order to protect your rights. During your free initial consultation, we'll go over the defects that have been occurring, the repairs that have occurred, and the other details if your situation. Wisconsin's laws require both certain information – and a chance for the manufacturer to “make it right” – before you can sue them. I'll walk you through all these steps. And if they manufacturer doesn't take the lemon off your hands, I'd be happy to represent you in a lawsuit. The laws that govern these types of cases have something called “fee shifting” in them. This means the manufacturer is responsible for your legal bills incurred. I handle many cases on a contingency basis, which means you may not need to pay me a retainer deposit.
HELP – I'VE BEEN RIPPED OFF ON A CAR PURCHASE
I regularly help people who have purchased a “bad” car from Wisconsin dealership. This applies to both new and used vehicles. State law allows the consumer to sue to the dealership for the bad car – and seek money from them. The laws that govern car dealers have something called “fee shifting” in them. This means the dealership is responsible for your legal bills incurred. I handle many cases on a contingency basis; meaning you may not need to pay me a retainer deposit.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN INITIAL CONSULTATION
During our initial consult, I'll go over a few items:
- Documents from the purchase (you can forward these prior to our call)
- Defects you discovered after the purchase
- Repairs and warranty work done on the car
- Miles driven on the car since purchase
- Loan or financing on the vehicle
We'll go over your overall purchase of the vehicle, any advertisements you saw, and the negotiations with the dealer. During the call I'm also happy to answer any questions you have and talk about your rights and options.
CAR WARRANTY CLAIMS
Many people purchase an additional warranty when they purchase their vehicle. These warranty claims cover both specific portions of the vehicle and specific dollar limitations on repairs. If you're having an issue with a warranty company “holding up their end of the deal,” you may have a claim against them.
VEHICLES PURCHASED FROM A PRIVATE SELLER
When you purchase a car from a private individual there are far less consumer protection rights you have. I always encourage people to only purchase vehicles from a reputable dealer. If you've been the victim from a private seller, there may be some options you have. We can discuss those during a free initial consultation.