Lemon Car Definition
The lemon law applies to certain autos and protects the owner against defects. Laws against lemons or defective cars are usually stiff but vary by state. A common misconception regarding lemon vehicles is that yours must “qualify” as a lemon in order for you to seek financial relief. The standards that define state-specific lemon law will vary, and what may qualify as grounds for a lemon law claim will depend upon your particular case. For this reason it is highly recommended that you consult a lemon law lawyer in your area to see if your vehicle might be a lemon.
If you browse the web, you’ll find many definitions of the term “lemon car”.
In most simple words, a “lemon” is a car that has chronic problems. Specifically, it’s a new motor vehicle that has one or more problems, covered by the warranty, that substantially impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle. If you think you’ve purchased a lemon, or know someone who has, don’t worry – there’s something you can do.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a lemon as:
“One that is or proves to be unsatisfactory...” (Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2nd College Ed., © 1985). However, in an effort to further define such a broad term, the Lemon Law attempts to define certain situations which entitle consumers to their money back or a new vehicle.
Other definitions are:
"A lemon buyback is a vehicle that has been reclaimed by the car manufacturer on or after January 1,1996, because warranty promises were not kept after defects were discovered. The reacquired vehicle, before resale, must be registered in the manufacturer’s name. The law’s intent is designed to protect buyers of used cars and new cars."
"In regards to a motor vehicle, a “lemon” is an automobile which has a defect or combination of defects which cannot be or are not repaired within a reasonable time period or in a reasonable number of repair attempts. These defects may range from the engine or transmission to mechanical repairs or issues with a car’s navigation system or windshield wipers. Each state will offer its own definition according to which a problematic car may be or may not be considered a lemon and be a subject to refund. Below are a number of definitions. Please, specify if your car is covered by lemon law according to your state’s legislation."