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					Lemon Law in Wisconsin

The lemon law in Wisconsin is pretty simple. If the vehicle you purchase
turns out to be a lemon, the manufacturer has to replace the vehicle or
refund the purchase price minus a reasonable amount based on mileage.

This law only applies to new vehicles no more than a year old and is still
under warranty. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and motor homes
which you have purchased or leased as well as those used as demonstrator
or executive vehicles.

The vehicle itself can only be considered defective if the dealer cannot fix it
after four tries or if the problem prevents you from using it for more than
30 days which does not have to be consecutive. This means that it should
seriously affect the use, value or safety of the vehicle.

Unlike other states where there is a deadline given to which you have to
file a suit, Wisconsin doesn’t but a judge will be the one who will decide
the merits of the case.

Before you file a case, you should get a repair order for reach visit even if
the shop does not diagnose the problem or attempt to do any repairs
because this document shows that the problem you encountered was
reported and the date it was brought in the shop. You should also keep
contracts and warranties in a safe place so this will easily be found when it
is needed.

The best place to get help if you have a lemon is to get assistance from
Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation since they have the proper forms
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to request the manufacturer for a refund or replacement vehicle. They will
also be able to give you more information about how to exercise your rights
as a consumer under the law.

Once the form has been filled up, this has to be mailed to the
manufacturer’s address that can be found inside the user’s manual. You
should probably send this through certified mail to make sure that it was



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received.

The manufacturer has 30 days to respond to your request. If you are
asking for a refund, aside from the full purchase price they have to include
sales tax, any finance charges and collateral costs again minus the mileage.
If you are getting a replacement, the manufacturer should only refund your
collateral costs and charge nothing from mileage.

Collateral costs refer to alternative transportation expenses because the
vehicle was in the shop, towing charges if the vehicle broke down in the
middle of the road and repairs costs that were incurred to try and fix the
problem.

If the manufacturer refuses to give you a refund or replacement, you can
consider an arbitration program. This is free and you don’t need a lawyer.
In fact, most car companies have one and you are required to go through
the process if it is certified.

But if it is not certified by the state, you are not required to. Instead, you
can hire an attorney and take this matter to court so the judge can decide
on the matter. If you sue the manufacturer and win, you may get double
the vehicle’s purchase price plus other costs including the attorney fees.

The lemon law is quite complex so it is best to hire a lawyer that
specializes in it. You can look for someone in the directory or get help
from the State Bar of Wisconsin Attorney Referral Service or the WisBar
Layer Referral and Information Service.
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