Your brand new car is giving you fits? It might turn out to be a lemon. Here is what you should do in the meantime to make sure you are prepared if and when you reach full Lemonocity.

I get a lot of phone calls at my office from people who are upset with their cars. And many do not qualify for the lemon law - yet. But I always tell them to hang in there. And in the meantime, there are things you can do which will help your case later. And, most of this is stuff you should do anyway if you are a conscientious car owner.

When you take it in for service., make sure the service writer writes down your actual complaint. If you tell them the car stalled, make sure the words “car” and “stalled” appear somewhere on the repair order, particularly in that order, preferable adjacent to one another.

And get copies of the repair orders and save them. Ideally, not in your glovebox. Pay attention to how many times you bring it in for each complaint and when you get to three failed repair attempts (or 25 days in the shop in the first year), get out your paperwork and call an attorney. Those papers will provide the answers to all the questions the attorney may ask you.


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 24 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.

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