Knowledge is power when it comes to the Washington Lemon Law. Every year thousands of people get stuck buying a lemon and do not take full advantage of the protections that they have under the Washington Lemon Law because they are not sure how they can. The first thing you should do when you are struggling with a vehicle and a dealership is to contact an attorney that specializes in laws that protect consumers so that you can get the information you need and the representation that you deserve.
There are 3 Things You Need to Know
Under the law there are provisions for what each party in the matter are responsible for. Your responsibilities are:
1. To contact the dealership as soon as there is a problem
2. Not to modify the vehicle to overcome the problem
3. You have up to 30 months to act
If you are experiencing problems with a car that you purchased from a dealer your first course of action is to contact the dealer about the repairs. There has to be a reasonable effort by the dealership to fix the repairs, which means you are required to make the vehicle available to the dealer to make the repairs. This can be a very frustrating when you get up to time 3 and the repairs are still not affected but it is something that you are required to do to build your claim.
Don’t Fix It
A lot of people make the critical error or either modifying the vehicle to work around the defect or paying outside the dealership to fix it on their own. Once you do either one of these two things you release the dealership from responsibility.
While the law is generous in the amount of time that it allows for you to act, the sooner you move the better. Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to learn all you need to know about lemon laws!