Friday, December 07, 2007
Oregon Lemon Law Information
The Oregon Lemon Law applies when the repair attempts by the dealer occur within the first year or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first), and: 1) the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem four (4) or more times, or 2)the vehicle has been out of service due to repair attempts by the dealer for a total of 30 or more business days. The Oregon Lemon Law is designed to deal with major defects that substantially impair the use and market value of the car. It does not cover problems that are the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the car by the consumer. If the manufacturer participates in a third party arbitration program and notifies you of the procedure, then you are obligated to try to solve your problem through the arbitration program to be eligible for a refund or a replacement vehicle. If you cannot reach a settlement in the arbitration, you may sue the manufacturer in court. The court has the authority to award three times the amount of any damages, not to exceed $50,000, if the court finds the manufacturer acted in bad faith.