If you’re constantly taking your car to the shop, consider looking into an auto defect claim.
With the exception of real estate property, your car might be the most expensive asset you own. A vehicle is a significant investment, whether it’s a brand new sportscar or a used beater off the lot.
If your car continues to act up despite frequent trips to the mechanic, there may be a bigger issue beneath the surface. Ask yourself these three questions to determine your options and, if appropriate, how you can protect your legal interests:
1. Is there a recall?
There’s a chance that other people have experienced the same problem with the car. If the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall, you can likely take your car to a dealership to have the defective parts repaired or replaced for free. You can check for news about auto recalls on the NHTSA website.
2. Is it a lemon?
It isn’t fair, but some cars are just duds. If your vehicle has an underlying defect that requires constant trips to the shop and impairs your ability to operate it, you may have a lemon on your hands. In that situation, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement vehicle. If the dealership will not cooperate, consider speaking with an attorney.
3. Is it time for a lawsuit?
Auto defects are not just irritating and expensive to repair – they are often highly dangerous. If you have experienced harm because of a defective car – such as an accident, injury or property damage – it may be appropriate to bring a lawsuit to recover your expenses.
When you need to protect your rights
Some maintenance is to be expected, but it is simply unfair when you have to pay the price for an auto manufacturer’s negligence. If you have any concerns about your rights as a consumer or the victim of an accident caused by a defective car, consider contacting an attorney for help.