Would that Volkswagen be considered a “lemon” in South Carolina? Under South Carolina law, a new car is considered a “lemon” when it has a manufacturing defect that affects the safety, value, or use of the vehicle. If that defect shows up within the first twelve months or 12,000 miles of a car’s purchase, whichever one comes first, then the manufacturer must fix the vehicle for free.
While you’re reading this, you might be thinking, what about my 2001 car that I just bought from the used car dealership? It needs a lot of repairs, and the salesman didn’t tell me about any of this. Doesn’t that mean the car is a “lemon”? Technically, yes, the car is a “lemon”, meaning it’s a bad car, but it isn’t a “lemon” under South Carolina law because it isn’t a new car.
Does that mean you have no recourse if you’ve purchased a used car? Not at all. An experienced lawyer knows laws that apply to used vehicles and can help guide you in the right direction. Just because you’ve purchased an “unofficial lemon” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck with it.
So, whether you’ve purchased a new “lemon” or a bad car, talking to a lawyer is your best bet. The laws involving vehicles are complicated and can be quite confusing. It just makes sense to get advice from someone who has read and understands those laws.