What are my rights if I bought a lemon?

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What are my rights if I bought a lemon?

What can be done if you purchase a car from a dealership with their warranty and have trouble 2 days later? The engine light went on (10/09). The dealer sent me to their mechanic to fix the issue but the problem keeps coming uo every other month since. The mechanic supposedly replaces the part every time and now that the part has gone bad again they are refusing to replace it. In fact, they also refuse to release any paperwork on the work done previously. The dealership is also being uncooroperative.

Asked on August 18, 2010 under General Practice, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

From what I can gather from your question I am assuming that you purchased a used car and not a new car from a dealership.  Correct?  Then unfortunately the car is not covered under the State's Lemon Law.  But in your question you state that you bought the car "with their warranty."  A warranty is a form of a contract as between two parties.  They are bound to uphold their end of the bargain.  You need to read what it says and you may have to sue them based upon it.  I would suggest that you have an attorney look at it for you and discuss what options you have for a "breach of contract" claim against them.  Good luck.


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