Understanding The Pennsylvania Lemon Law
by Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law applies to new cars that suffer a nonconformity; defined as a defect which substantially impairs the use, value or safety; that cannot be repaired after three attempts by an authorized manufacturer's dealership. This nonconformity must first occur within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Pennsylvania Lemon Law also applies to vehicles that are in the shop for repair thirty (30) or more calendar days during the first year. If a consumer prevails under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, the manufacturer must pay all legal fees and court costs.
It's important to note that even if your car falls outside of the limitations established in the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, there are still Federal breach of warranty laws which apply. If your car has an original or extended manufacturer's warranty and has a problem that can't be fixed after three repair attempts, chances are we can help you.
In 2002, Pennsylvania's Lemon Law was expanded, thanks in part to Lemon Law Attorney Craig Thor Kimmel, who served as special consultant to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Consumer Affairs Committee. In early 2002, the Committee expanded the Pennsylvania Lemon Law to include leased cars, marking the first change to the statute since 1984. And as of December 2002, the new Pennsylvania Lemon Law now protects used car consumers who unsuspectingly purchase lemon buy-backs.
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law can be confusing and is open up to numerous interpretations if you don't understand how it works.