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The Lemon Law:
Protection Of Your Rights As A Consumer

 
December 26, 2013  |   Florida Lemon Law  

I Bought A Lemon.. Now What Do I Do?

     Consumer's Rights, which is the umbrella of protection that the Florida Lemon Law falls under, has been ever-evolving over the past six decades. Consisting of a massive selection of legislation and court-rulings, it started with a few landmark bills and a proclamation by President John F. Kennedy that there are a handful of rights that should be afforded to all consumers. From this grand gesture on behalf of all American citizens, we now have state laws (including Lemon Laws), national laws and even rules adopted by the United Nations and set forth as their "Guidelines for Consumer Protection" .

     We are all familiar with the simple process of making a return to your local department store; what you might not realize is that you can do this because of these laws. Because those lawyers, politicians and consumer advocates that came before us tipped the balance of power from the corporate behemoths' "you've bought it, it's your problem now" to the sense of security every consumer feels when they purchase an item... knowing that if it breaks (or fails to do as promised, within a reasonable amount of time) they can return it to the store or contact the manufacturer and get a functioning replacement or their money back.

     It's the incredible cost of an automobile (or other vehicle, like and truck or R.V.) that required separate, very specific laws outlining what recourse you can take in the event that your brand new car turns out to be defective (IE a lemon). When dealing with a purchase that can be in tens to the hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can expect a lot more resistance when trying to make a return or exchange (a simple refund with an original receipt is out of the question in most situations).

     Whether dealing with the dealership that sold you the lemon, the car manufacturer that made the defective product or any of the various professionals and lawyers in between, you need to have more than information and a passing knowledge of the law on your side. You need an experienced lawyer and a reputable law firm that specializes in all sorts of consumer's rights and lemon law situations.

    Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. Cremeens today, for more information on Florida's Lemon Laws, consumer rights and for more information (should you need it) on how to determine if your vehicle is a lemon.

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