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Georgia’s Lemon Law is now more similar to Texas Lemon Law

Near this time last year, my law clerk wrote a short article comparing the differences between Georgia and Texas Lemon Law. At that time, Georgia’s Lemon Law was arguably weaker than in Texas, because the time and mileage eligibility was twice as short in Georgia.

For example, in Texas, a consumer can file a claim with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot) so long as it has been within 24,000 miles or 24 months from the date of ownership, whichever occurs first. Georgia at that time, only protects a consumer when the vehicle is within 12,000 miles or 12 months from ownership (whichever occurs first).

As of January 1, 2009, cars and most other vehicles purchased in the state of Georgia will be protected for 24,000 miles/24 month. Further, the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs of Georgia promises that its state lemon law process will be more “stream-lined” and consumer friendly (I guess they weren’t very consumer friendly previously).

Under this new revision of Georgia Lemon Law, vehicles intended for use in small businesses are also covered, along with larger cars or trucks that are heavier (up to 12,000 pounds, ie: the gas guzzler Ford 350).

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