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Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 @ 4:35 PM
Lemon laws have existed at the state level dozens of years to protect consumers from buying a new vehicle that turns out to be a dud.
But not all states treat or enforce lemon laws the same way. A new ranking aims to quantify which states do a good job protecting consumers and which don’t.
New Jersey and Washington are the states in the Union with the single-best lemon laws, while Illinois is on the other end of the spectrum with the very worst lemon law in the United States.
The CAS gave each state a letter grade from A to F and looked specifically at 10 factors to establish its new rankings. Among the factors considered were:
But before we get to the full rankings, let’s take a step back…
In case you’re not familiar with the term:
“Lemon laws are state-level consumer protection statutes that allow consumers to receive a full refund or a replacement vehicle if their new car has a defect that cannot be fixed after a specified number of repair attempts,” the CAS writes.
There are two related definitions that are give a new vehicle lemon status, according to the The New York Times.
The first is if a new vehicle “has a single, serious defect impairing its safety, use or value.”
The second is if your new vehicle is at the dealership for 30 days or more because “it had a series of problems and could not be used for a long period.”
If a vehicle is deemed a lemon, the automaker must buy it back. In states with weak lemon laws, the manufacturer may try to play games and hit the owner with a prorated fee for the miles already driven, according to the newspaper.
So without further ado, let’s get to the states with the strongest lemon laws in the nation…
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Can’t find your state on the tally above? You can see the rest of the list here.