Cars are built by people and should be able to be completely repaired to work right with just a few parts. At least that’s what we’re led to believe and what we expect. Older cars are much simpler than the ones that are built today. In the automotive world of today, we see a ton of electronics and several different computers working in nearly every vehicle we choose for the drive. There are just some cars that can’t be fixed and it’s nearly impossible for us to understand why a vehicle can’t be fixed when there is a lot wrong with it. This is considered a lemon.
There have been cars that pass all the inspections at the automaker and make it to the dealership only to be sold as a new model that’s returned a week later because it doesn’t work. This happens to all types of cars, not just those at the lower price range of the market. Some cars spend more than thirty days in the repair shops during the first year of ownership, which causes them to fall under the Lemon Laws of many states, which can be extremely frustrating for the owner of the vehicle to experience.
Lemon Stories that Sound Absurd
In addition to those new cars that can stump a team at the dealerships and some technicians, cars that have made it to the lemony side of the law come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It seems baffling both for the owner and for the mechanics that take a look at a car when they toss their arms in the air and say “We can’t fix it.” This is the statement that no one wants to hear or utter, but it does happen, and there are limits to what a mechanic is allowed to do to fix or repair a vehicle.
After three or four attempts at fixing a car and trying to solve the same problem, a car becomes a lemon. Certainly, all the internal parts could be replaced and then it might work, but the point of the Lemon Law is to help protect you as the consumer from this problem. One example of trying to fix a car is with the Ford dual clutch transmission which is reflashed during the first repair, have some parts replaced during the second, and have the entire thing replaced during the third repair only to be in the same boat as before.
There have even been cars that have made it to the Lemon Law level in court more than once for the same car. Imagine a car not working and being bought back by the manufacturer. This car is then sold at auction to the dealer who sold it to another consumer. This second consumer had the same problems and the same vehicle had as many as nine repair attempts for it. There are some vehicles that just can’t be fixed and repaired and these cars are the lemons of the world and not what we want to have on the road.