Cars break down. It’s just an unfortunate reality. However, that does not mean you simply have to accept that this product you purchased — the most expensive thing many people will ever buy outright — is going to fail. If it is bad enough, you may have a lemon.
A lemon is a vehicle that has serious issues and defects. These have to be severe enough that you cannot drive the vehicle at all, or you at least cannot drive it safely. Some examples of issues that may make your car a lemon include:
- An engine that does not work at all
- A faulty transmission that does not shift
- Broken brakes that make it impossible to stop the car
This is especially a problem with new cars. When you buy a brand-new vehicle, even though you know it will break down eventually, you expect it to work initially. You may even have a warranty that covers you so that the company has to fix the car for no charge.
That said, some cars have a multitude of issues that no amount of repairs ever seems to fix. If you run into a new problem every month, even if it is covered by the warranty, it still detracts from your quality of life. It can also lower the resale value of the car. It may be time to get rid of the car and start over.
If you want to do that, make sure you know what protection consumers have under local lemon laws and what legal steps you need to take.