The Oregon lemon law offers specific protections for consumers that have purchased a faulty vehicle. The problem with lemon laws is that they are difficult to understand, not widely publicized and require an attorney to navigate. The fact is that every state has lemon laws, but they are not all the same. There are also federal protections that are available but they are also difficult to navigate. The best thing you can do if you have purchased a vehicle that is faulty is to get an attorney that specializes in the matter on board.
What You Need to Know
Every person that buys a vehicle should maintain good records. Having a “paper trail” of events concerning your vehicle purchase and any repairs that have been made are necessary to get the protection that you deserve under the Oregon Lemon Law. Here are a few things you need to know about this law:
* Oregon does not have a “used car” lemon law specifically but you still may be entitled to protections under the federal laws
* The law covers a new vehicle for 2 years from the date of purchase or 24,000 miles from the time of purchase
* To take advantage of the law a system or part that is covered under warranty must be substantially reducing the vehicles ability to be used
* You must have reported the malfunction to the dealership or manufacturer, they must be given an opportunity to make the repairs
* Keep in mind that Oregon does not have a “right of recession” on vehicle purchases, that means you cannot take your vehicle back to the dealer to return it, if it is faulty
While the above laws do not seem very consumer friendly they can be used by an attorney to help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for more information!
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