The internet is a great resource, providing options to research, verify, and find out information about virtually any topic imaginable. However, when it comes to areas of the law, such as Lemon Laws throughout the United States, turning to experienced attorneys is always the better option.
Many of the blogs and articles about Washington Lemon Laws, or laws throughout the rest of the states, are not accurate or not current. They also may be written by bloggers rather than attorneys, and there can be misinformation that can end up limiting your ability to settle your case.
Consulting with an attorney familiar with Washington Lemon Laws is always an important first step. This should be done when the issue is not being repaired or resolved at the dealers, if there are excessive numbers of repairs, or if the vehicle is in the shop a substantial amount of time.
The good news for vehicle buyers or leasers is that Washington Lemon Laws offer some of the best possible coverage for consumers. They are in place throughout the duration of the factory warranty on the vehicle, and the owner or lessee has had the vehicle in for repair at least twice for safety defect issues and at least four times for non-safety related issues. Additionally, the vehicle qualifies if it has been off the road for 30 days for repairs. This 30 days must include at least 15 days within the warranty period.
In addition to this level of comprehensive coverage, which includes new vehicles weighing less than 19,000 pounds and used as personal vehicles on public roads, it also includes used vehicles that are purchased or leased in the state.
While the coverage is more complete than other states, manufacturers often make counterclaims about the cause of the defects or the types of repairs provided. Working with an attorney ensures the documentation and details required are available to obtain fair compensation under the law.