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What is Lemon Law?

Lemon law is the law that covers all general physical consumer products- anything from stationery to motorcycles to cars. The lemon law was implemented in Singapore in September 2012, to protect consumers from goods that do not perform and meet the quality of standards that were specifically stated in the sales contract during the time of purchase.

As a consumer in Singapore, you will be able to make a claim for a defective product sold to you within 6 months from the purchase date. It is compulsory for the seller of a defective product to repair, replace, refund or reduce the price of the defective product (subject to certain conditions). Consumers can ask for repair or replacement of the product first. If the problem is still not resolved through these measures, they can choose to keep the goods with a price reduction or return it with a full refund.

Any terms and conditions of the lemon law? 

The lemon law does not work if the consumer already knew about any faults before purchase, including faults caused by regular wear and tear, or if you change your mind about buying the car.

What is a Lemon Car?

A lemon car can be categorized as a vehicle that has several defects affecting its safety, value or utility. Vehicles with these issues are called Lemon Cars.

How can I protect myself?

During the purchase process, make sure you understand what the purchase entails and always ask for a sales contract – everything should be in black and white. The more details, the better.

Most pre-owned car dealers provide multi-point inspection on the cars they sell and warranties on used cars. Buying from a private seller is usually cheaper, but the risks are higher. Choose wisely and always read through the paperwork before signing!

We hope that this article has proven useful for you! Now that you understand what the Lemon Law covers, do you think it’s a good policy for car buyers? Let us know in the comments.

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