The Lemon Law Bible:Everything the Smart Consumer Needs to Know About Automobile Law

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The Lemon Law Bible is a plain English guide to the lemon law written by a leading attorney in the field.

Author Biography: Steve Lehto is an attorney in Michigan whose practice focuses solely on Lemon Law and Consumer Protection claims. He is the past chair of the Consumer Law Section of the Michigan State Bar, a frequent lecturer and speaker on the topic of lemon law and hosts a radio talk show on WFDF-Flint, MI.

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Overview

The Lemon Law Bible is a plain English guide to the lemon law written by a leading attorney in the field.

Author Biography: Steve Lehto is an attorney in Michigan whose practice focuses solely on Lemon Law and Consumer Protection claims. He is the past chair of the Consumer Law Section of the Michigan State Bar, a frequent lecturer and speaker on the topic of lemon law and hosts a radio talk show on WFDF-Flint, MI.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595005536
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part I Lemon Law 1
Lemon Law Basics 3
What Vehicles are Covered by Lemon Laws? 3
What Makes a Vehicle a Lemon? 4
How Serious Must the Defect be to Qualify? 6
Notifying the Manufacturer of the Defective Vehicle 8
A Final Repair Attempt 9
What You Are Entitled to Under the Lemon Law 10
Reasonable Allowance for Use--Mileage "Offsets" 13
Reimbursement for Other Costs 15
Arbitration 16
What if I Want to Arbitrate? 18
Recovery and Payment of Attorney's Fees and Litigation Costs 20
How Do I Find the Best Attorney to Handle My Lemon Law Claim? 21
Can I Sue in Small Claims Court Without an Attorney? 22
Can I Sue in Regular Court Without an Attorney? 23
Beware! 24
Is My Demo Covered by the Lemon Law? 25
Will I Have to File a Lawsuit to Use the Lemon Law? 26
What Can I Expect in Litigation? 27
What Happens at the End of a Successful Lemon Law Case? 33
How Long Should I Wait Before Contacting an Attorney? 34
Part II Warranties 37
What is a Warranty? 39
Basic Warranties 39
Things Not Covered by a Bumper to Bumper Warranty 41
The Express Warranty 43
The Limited Warranty 44
Service Contracts 45
What If I Have Problems After My Warranty Has Expired? 47
What Does it Mean to Buy a Vehicle "As-Is"? 48
Part III Consumer Transactions 53
Understanding the Documents at the Time of Sale 55
Purchase Agreement 55
Finance Contract 56
Application for Title 57
The Warranty Booklets 58
Rebate Documents 58
Brochures or Pamphlets 59
Service Contract Application and the Contract Itself 59
Credit Life and Disability Application 59
The Buyer's Guide 61
Repair Orders 62
Used Car Tips 64
The Things Salespeople Say 65
Does the Lemon Law Protect You When You Buy Something Other Than a Car or Truck? 68
Get it in Writing! 70
Repossessions, Voluntary or Otherwise, Deficiencies and Leases 72
Lease Termination Repossessions 75
When Can You Legally Return a Vehicle? 76
Don't I Have Three Days to Return the Vehicle If I Don't Like It? 80
Complaining More Effectively 81
Part IV Appendices 85
Appendix A Sample Last Chance Letter 87
Appendix B Michigan's New Lemon Law 89
Appendix C Internet Resources 103
Appendix D Case Outline for Arbitration 107
Appendix E Lemon Laws Around the Nation 109
Appendix F The Magnuson-Moss Warranty--Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act 145
Appendix G The Uniform Commercial Code 155
Notes 163
About the Author 167
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