DOES LEMON LAW APPLY TO MOBILE HOMES?
Mobile Home Lemon Law
Mobile Home Lemon Laws
Did you know that you could have grounds for legal recourse if you recently purchased or leased a mobile home or motor home that you believe is defective? Federal and state laws protect consumers who purchase expensive items such as appliances and vehicles, and then discover that they are defective or require unreasonable repairs.
When Do You Have a Breach-of-Warranty Case?
If numerous repair attempts have been made to address the problems with your mobile home but these have been unsuccessful, you could be eligible to take legal action. The purchase of a mobile home constitutes one of the biggest investments that most consumers will make during their lifetime, but discovering that defects prevent you from being able to use it goes beyond the frustration of your original purchase — you have limited options to rent or sell that asset, as well.
If you have purchased a defective motor home or mobile home, you are not alone. Thousands of such vehicles each year turn out to be defective. One of the only ways to pursue recourse as a consumer is to explore your options under state and federal laws for consumers who have bought lemons. These can offer a remedy that keeps you from losing your investment. Every state has its own version of lemon laws, which may or may not exclude mobile homes.
Individual review of your state’s laws will give you a roadmap for the next steps for your breach-of-warranty claim, but consulting with an experienced attorney is the best way to determine your eligibility.
Filing a Claim Under the Federal Lemon Law
Even in the event that the lemon law in your state totally or partially excludes motor homes from claims, this does not mean you are barred from bringing any litigation. You might be able to pursue a legal claim under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
This law is distinct from state regulations and helps provide financial support to those consumers who are stuck with defective vehicles and have been unable to obtain appropriate recourse and repairs.
Under Magnuson-Moss, the warranty provided by the manufacturer of your mobile home should lay out the manufacturer’s responsibilities. Typically, this permits two or three attempts at adequate repairs addressing a particular defect. The reasonableness requirement in nationwide lemon law applies to the entirety of the mobile home, not just each individual defect. This means that a vehicle that has multiple problems could be covered under the federal law even if it was not covered under state law due to insufficient repair attempts for one single problem.
This federal law allows consumers an alternative if they do not qualify for a replacement vehicle, reimbursement of the purchase price, or a settlement under state lemon laws. Magnuson-Moss also accommodates used-vehicle claims, incorporates more vehicles, and allows for different damages.
Hiring a Lawyer to Help With a Warranty Suit
Understanding the number of repairs required to trigger the “lemon” definition is critical. As a consumer, you should not have to go through this situation on your own. If you have already attempted to navigate this process and have been unsuccessful, an experienced lemon law lawyer can help you to pursue the options as they relate to your mobile home. They will help you understand the next steps you need to take to protect yourself and get the mobile home repaired or replaced.
Magnuson-Moss Requires the Manufacturer to Pay for Your Case
The fee-shifting provision of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires the manufacturer to cover reasonable attorneys’ fees if the plaintiff wins their case. As a result, our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan will work with you for free. Our fee comes from the manufacturer if we win your case.