In the recent past, most of the new vehicles in the market were full of defects, but manufacturers sold them without taking these defects into account. The state of Oklahoma, just like other states, enacted a statute that protects consumers from these faulty vehicles. They called this statute Oklahoma lemon law.

Defect Timeline

The first year of new vehicle ownership is the most important period of determining whether a vehicle is a lemon. Any serious defects that are likely to compromise your vehicles safety, use or market price, must be reported immediately to the manufacturer or authorized vehicle dealer. If your car reports any serious defects after the first year of ownership, you cannot get your refund or a vehicle replacement under Oklahoma Lemon Law. This law only covers defects or faults reported within one year.

Steps to take

If you purchase a car and it starts to show some serious recurring defects, you must inform your car dealer or manufacturer immediately and make arrangement to take it there for a repair. The manufacturer is allowed to make a reasonable number of attempts to correct the problem. If the defect is serious enough to compromise your safety, make arrangement with your dealer to give you a loaner vehicle to use until the defect is repaired.

Your Responsibilities

Always remember to keep all the necessary records regarding your vehicle. Keep all records such as the vehicle purchase receipt, repair attempt records, phones calls, emails, letters and other essentials records. Keep any repair appointments that you might have had with your car dealer. You may use these records under Oklahoma Lemon Law to support your case if you feel like your car dealer is not cooperating with you. If you bought this car through a loan, continue to pay for it even if it is under repair in order to maintain your credit card history. If the vehicle is found to be defective you will definitely get your refund or another vehicle that is in good condition.

Manufacturer’s Responsibilities

If the defects are not repaired after a reasonable number of repair attempts or if your vehicle is out of service for 30 business days, it may be considered a lemon as stipulated in Oklahoma’s Lemon Law. The manufacturer is obliged to refund your money including all applicable fees or replace the vehicle. If you opt for a refund other than a replacement, your dealer or manufacturer can deduct a reasonable amount of money that is equivalent to the total mileage travelled.

Complaints

If you feel that your car dealer or manufacturer is not cooperating with you, you can launch your complaints at the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission.