President signs law protecting consumers from substandard brand new vehicles

President Benigno Aquino III signed into law a House Bill that will protect consumers in the purchase of brand new vehicles or the Philippine Anti-Lemon Law.

The law promotes protection to the rights of consumers in the sale of vehicles against practices which are deceptive, unfair or otherwise inimical to the consumers and the public interest.

This law will protect consumers from ‘Lemon’ or a brand new vehicle that has irreparable defect or condition impairing its purpose or safety.

If the vehicle is proven ‘Lemon’ by the Department of Trade and Industry after series of repairs, replacement or refund will be entitled to the consumer.

The law is effective within 12 months after the formal delivery of purchased motor vehicle or within the first 20,000 kilometers traveled distance.

“Owning a motor vehicle is a big investment and could take a substantial chunk of one’s savings. For some unfortunate buyers, an investment in this endeavor has become for naught after they acquired a lemon,” said Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, one of the authors of the said law.

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