Wisconsin lemon law protects consumers from losses incurred when a purchased vehicle does not meet minimum requirements of reliability and safety. Consumers who fall victim to these types of vehicle purchases often find that they have to invest far more than what is reasonable to keep the car operating, or they may not be able to use the vehicle as intended. Before you try to work with the dealership, here’s what you should know about Wisconsin’s lemon laws.
Covers Manufacturer Defects
Many people believe that lemon laws only apply to used vehicles. In Wisconsin, the lemon laws apply to new and leased vehicles to protect consumers from manufacturer defects. If the claim by the consumer is valid, the manufacturer must replace the vehicle with a comparable one or give the buyer a refund. For leased vehicles, consumers are entitled to a refund of the amounts paid under the lease.
Not Everything is Covered by the Lemon Laws
In order for a claim to be valid under Wisconsin lemon law, the consumer must show that the vehicle meets the requirement of “nonconformity.” This means that the defect must be significant enough to make the vehicle unusable by the consumer. The defect may also affect the safety or value of the vehicle.
Must Be Covered Under Warranty
The condition for which the consumer is claiming rights under the lemon law in Wisconsin must be covered by the warranty. This means that the warranty must indicate that the vehicle or troublesome component of the vehicle is under warranty.
Learn More About Wisconsin Lemon Laws
If you are dealing with a vehicle issue that you believe to be covered under the state’s lemon laws, you should have an attorney on your side to protect your rights. Call us to speak with one of our attorneys. You can also visit our website.
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