Did you purchase a lemon? Drivers in Oklahoma and Arkansas who unknowingly purchase defective cars can contact attorneys experienced in lemon law litigation for a remedy.
Lemon laws are meant to protect consumers who unknowingly purchase defective vehicles. If someone selling a vehicle advertises the vehicle as “dependable,” “in good condition” or otherwise represents the vehicle as worth its price, that vehicle should meet or exceed the consumer’s expectations. Consumers qualifying for filing a lemon law claim should seek the services of product liability lawyers who know how to pursue unethical vehicle sellers and manufacturers for the purpose of compensating wronged clients.
OKLAHOMA LEMON LAWS
For motor vehicles to be considered defective, or “lemons” in Oklahoma, the following factors must be met:
- The manufacturer of the defective vehicle must make at least four attempts to repair the defect(s).
- The vehicle owner must show that they have been the legal owner of the vehicle for at least one year.
- The vehicle owner must show that their car or truck has been non-drivable and in the process of being repaired for 30 business days.
Manufacturers or sellers of defective vehicles can offer to replace a lemon with another vehicle or return the consumer’s full purchase price (includes registration, taxes, and other related expenses). If they refuse to do either option, the consumer should hire an Oklahoma lemon law attorney to resolve the problem.
After purchasing a vehicle that begins to show signs of being a lemon, consumers should keep all records of repair bills, interactions with the manufacturer/seller, and how long the vehicle has remained non-drivable. Additionally, you should continue making payments on the car (if applicable) even if numerous repairs are needed. Refusing to make payments can potentially mar your credit history and create more problems in the future.
ARKANSAS LEMON LAWS
Under the Arkansas New Motor Vehicle Quality Assurance Act, Act 297 of 1993 protects consumers who buy lemons by giving sellers/manufacturers of defective vehicles two ways to rectify the situation:
- Replacing lemons with non-defective vehicles.
- Giving victims a full refund for new vehicles that cannot be repaired within the warranty time offered in the contract.
Arkansas lemon laws may not be applied to vehicles two years after the date of purchase or after the vehicle has been driven 24,000 miles. Before filing a claim, consumers must allow the seller/manufacturer to make three attempts to fix the defect(s). Written notification must be sent via certified mail to the manufacturer/seller indicating that the consumer is asking for repairs. If the manufacturer does not respond to the consumer’s request within 10 days, this attempt may be considered void. Also, manufacturers failing to correct defective vehicles within 40 days of receiving notice are required to replace or re-purchase the defective vehicle from the buyer.
Arkansas residents also should be aware that their state’s lemon laws do not cover motorcycles, mopeds, the living quarters of motor homes, or vehicles weighing over 13,000 pounds.
WHY HIRE A LEMON LAW ATTORNEY?
In addition to placing the stress of litigation on the shoulders of lemon law attorneys, victims of lemon laws who rely on Caddell Reynolds are ensured quality representation against vehicle sellers/manufacturers who fail to redress their defective products. If you believe you purchased a lemon in Oklahoma or Arkansas, contact us today by calling 800-671-4100 to speak to one of our attorneys about filing a lemon law claim in your state.