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Understanding the West Virginia Lemon Law

If you have purchased a car in West Virginia that turned out to be a ‘lemon’ because of unscrupulous sales practices, you may be entitled to compensation. You have rights under the West Virginia Lemon Law that helps protect car buyers from sales dealerships who may not have your best interest in mind when selling you a car. Here are some things you need to know about this law:

   * The law applies to all vehicles purchased for personal use in West Virginia that suffer a ‘non-conformity’; that is, a defect or condition which significantly impairs the value or use of the vehicle, and is not repaired after three attempts by a manufacturer’s dealership. This condition or defect must occur within 12 months of purchasing the car.

   * The law also applies to vehicles that spend 30 days or longer in a repair shop during the first year after purchase.

   * The law can also be applied to any vehicle that a licensed mechanic has unsuccessfully tried to repair, which could be considered dangerous (causing bodily harm or death).

If you have recently purchased a vehicle, but it falls outside of the above limitations, you may still be entitled to compensation, under the Federal Breach of Warranty Laws. If your car has a manufacturer’s warranty, either original or extended, and has an issue that can’t be completely fixed after three attempts, you can still seek the help of a lemon law lawyer.

West Virginia’s lemon law is often confusing and is interpreted differently. If you are driving a vehicle that you feel is defective, or you think you’ve gotten misled by a car salesperson, talk to your lawyer for more information. By answering a few simple questions, either online, in person or over the phone, you can have a better understanding of how the law works, and if you have a case. Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center is the go to source if you have purchased a lemon and need a lawyer in West Virginia.