Buying a new vehicle is often an exciting experience that is heightened when you’re able to drive off the dealership lot. Unfortunately not long after that thrilling moment, some consumers will begin to experience mechanical issues or manufacturing defects. It is estimated that approximately 1% of all new vehicles are lemons.
A lemon is the slang-term for a vehicle with repeated, unfixable problems. The use of “lemon” dates back to the early 20th century although in ‘60s it was used to refer to certain defective make and model during a marketing campaign.
Although we typically trust car dealers to give truthful information on the vehicle they are selling, consumers can unfortunately end up with a lemon often due to faulty manufacturing. Victims of these types of vehicles should know however that there are laws protecting their rights. Missouri lemon laws can help those who have been sold a lemon.
Have you or a loved one purchase what you believe to be a defective, faulty or irreparable vehicle?
Did you know that you may be entitled to compensation for your losses?
To learn more about your legal options, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form to your right for a FREE review of your defective vehicle claim—or call us today at (217) 394-5885–it's 100% FREE and your information will remain completely confidential.
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Missouri Lemon Laws
In the year 2000, the Missouri lemon law was established under “merchandising practices” section 407.565. In order to determine if the vehicle is covered by the Missouri lemon law, you must meet the following requirements.
- The vehicle is new,
- The vehicle was purchased in the last months, and
- The vehicle has gone through 4 or more repair attempts or been at the dealership for a total of 30 or more days
The Missouri lemon law covers cars and trucks as well as some components of recreational vehicles (RVs); motorcycles, mopeds, and off-road vehicles are not covered.
Missouri requires that the vehicle be suffering from a “nonconformity” which is a defect or condition that impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Additionally, the law requires that the total number of days out of service be 30 days, they do not necessarily have to be consecutive.
Making a claim with the manufacturer could allow the victim to receive a replacement vehicle or your entire purchase price. Additionally, there are other types of laws could you help you such as the Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices laws which would hold the dealer responsible if they failed to tell you about issues related to the vehicle.
Contact our Missouri Lemon Law Lawyers Today
Buying a lemon can turn an exciting moment into one that is exasperating, particularly when repair after repair the problems continue to arise. If you or a loved one has been sold a lemon, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers can help you determine what your legal rights are and the course of action you should take.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm we can retain experts in areas such as civil engineering and product design to make a powerful case.
We are pleased to have an office in St. Louis, Missouri and proudly serve the surrounding areas. Contact us at toll-free (217) 394-5885 to find out how we may be able to help you. One of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.
Alternatively, fill out the contact form for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your lemon vehicle claim.