“Today, in an era when new vehicles average over $36,000, the ability to return a lemon is more important than ever for consumers who are put in a frustrating situation, through no fault of their own,” Jason Levine, executive director of the center, said in a statement. “A defective new car is just like a bad dream that just keeps coming back over and over again.”
“Ever since Connecticut passed the nation’s first lemon law 37 years ago, the Center for Auto Safety has fought for every state to provide a way to avoid these nightmares,” Levine added. “Yet, while some state lemon laws provide comprehensive rights for consumers, others are protection in name only.”
“Everyone deserves to know that if there’s something wrong with a new car from the day you buy it, you can get your money back,” Levine said. “That’s why the Center will be contacting every state to provide ideas for how to improve their existing lemon laws to better protect consumers.”
Illinois finished at the bottom of a new ranking of state lemon laws with the lowest score out of all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. The score of -3 and a letter grade of F were due to a host of deficiencies “that can lead to a bitter outcome for consumers.”
New Jersey finished first with the grade of an A and a total of 84 points. It garnered the top spot by getting high scores in all 10 categories…
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