Lemon Laws & Extended
How to Avoid Getting Scammed!
Lemon laws are regulations enforced by various states
that protect customers from defective vehicles.
Different states have different rules when it comes to
lemon laws, but most of them share some common aspects.
For example, lemon laws require that the problem with
the vehicle be taken care of by the manufacturer, not
the car dealership. There are certain characteristics a
vehicle must meet to be qualified as a lemon. If a car
is worked on repeatedly for the same issue and the issue
keeps reoccurring, then the car will most likely be
designated a lemon. If you purchase a lemon, you are
often entitled to some sort of compensation that deals
with how much you paid for the vehicle and how many
miles are on it. As stated before, different states have
different lemon laws.
Some states cover used cars under their lemon laws,
while some only cover new vehicles. There are many
websites where you can find out your state's particular
policy regarding lemon vehicles. Simply go to the search
engine of your choice and type in your state's name
followed by 'lemon law.' You will then be presented with
multiple websites that can educate you on your
particular state's policies regarding lemon laws.
So...even if your state has a lemon law, do you need an
extended warranty? The answer is a definite yes. Cars
that are not qualified as lemons can suffer wear, tear,
and component failure. If your state does have a lemon
law, it's still quite prudent to purchase an extended
warranty. Problems with a vehicle do not necessarily
qualify it as a lemon, and that's a crucial fact you
need to understand when considering purchasing a
warranty. If you fail to purchase an extended warranty
and end up needing repair, it's unlikely that your
state's lemon laws will cover you, unless of course the
vehicle has experienced the same problem multiple times
with no record of satisfactory repair after numerous
There are many types of extended auto warranties
available. You can purchase one from the dealership
where you got your vehicle, or go to the source and deal
directly with a company that specializes in extended
What your warranty will cover depends on what kind of
policy you choose. Ideally, you will want a policy that
covers parts and labor, as well as wear, tear and
breakdown. Some plans will require you to pay a
deductible, others won't.
Be sure to do your research and choose a warranty
provider and plan that suits your needs and your budget.
By being educated, you can save yourself a lot of
trouble and avoid being duped into getting a policy that
you do not want. Before shopping for a policy, be clear
on what you need, and don't let slick salespeople
convince you otherwise.