There is more to purchasing a faulty car than the obvious financial implications that come with it. A faulty car is a threat to public safety. Should an accident happen while you are driving one, you may not only suffer life-altering injuries but also face a myriad of negligence-related lawsuits.
If you unknowingly purchase a faulty car, you may pursue the car dealer or seller for damages through Connecticut Lemon Laws. However, like all legal matters, lemon claims are never cut and dry. Here are two costly missteps you want to avoid while pursuing a lemon car claim in Connecticut.
Failing to include your complaints in the service record
Including your complaints in the vehicle’s service record is crucial. If your dealership’s service department fails to include your complaints in the service report, you will have a very difficult time litigating your claim. After all, it will be your words against the auto dealership.
Basically, the vehicle’s service report should include the service dates, odometer reading and a brief account of your complaint as well as any attempts that were made to make repairs.
Acting as your own mechanic
If your car develops mechanical problems, tell your auto dealer’s service department about it. Do not try to diagnose and fix the problem yourself or engage your own mechanic. This is especially important if the vehicle is under warranty. Trying to fix the problem on your own or involving your own mechanic might amount to a violation of the warranty terms, and this can lead to your lemon claim’s refusal.
Safeguarding your interests
As the number of car sales rises, so are the lemon claims. Learning more about Connecticut Lemon Laws can help you safeguard your rights and interests while litigating your claim.