New ‘Lemon Laws’ put squeeze on dodgy car dealers

New laws have come into effect (September 1) to make it easier for buyers who get stuck with defective motor vehicles.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the new laws will protect more people who have purchased a “lemon” - whether it be a car, motorbike, caravan or motorhome.

“The ‘Lemon Laws’ mean buyers can purchase their vehicles with greater confidence and peace of mind,” Ms D’Ath said.

“After buying a home, a motor vehicle is often the next biggest purchase a person will make in their life – we must make sure people are protected.

“These measures will build levels of trust in the industry and benefit the majority of motor dealers who are doing the right thing.

“When vehicles are faulty Queenslanders should get best practice in terms of refunds, replacements and repairs at no cost.

“The changes mean the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) can now deal with claims up to $100,000 – it used to be $25,000,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Additionally, we have restored the 30-day or 1000 km warranties for motorists buying a vehicle more than 10 years old or with 160,000 km or more on the odometer.

“The Newman LNP Government scrapped the warranties for older vehicles, leaving buyers stranded when they purchased a defective vehicle.

“The Palaszczuk Government promised to fix this problem – we have delivered on that promise - and Queenslanders can now buy a second-hand vehicle with greater protection.”

These new measures complement the statutory warranty, which provides a three months or 5000 km warranty for second-hand vehicles bought from a motor dealer that are no more than 10 years old and have travelled less than 160,000 km.

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