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Newsflash: New Motor Vehicle ‘lemon Laws’ Passed To Protect Buyers

Newsflash: New motor vehicle ‘lemon laws’ passed to protect buyers

From 1 September 2019, new laws take effect giving greater protection to buyers of defective cars, motorbikes, caravans and motorhomes.

The Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 has been introduced to help people who have been sold motor vehicles colloquially known as ‘lemons’ – vehicles with numerous reoccurring defects that cannot be repaired or render the vehicle out of service for extended periods of time.

The legislation increases QCAT’s current jurisdictional limit, allowing claims of up to $100,000 for new and used vehicles. It also reinstates mandatory 30-day warranties for vehicles over 10 years old or that have clocked more than 160,000km.

The changes make it easier for consumers who have bought a ‘lemon’ to recover their loss and enforce their rights without a lengthy and expensive court case.

If you think you may have bought a ‘lemon’ motor vehicle, you can contact us for advice on your rights under the Australian Consumer Law and your options for obtaining a suitable remedy by telephoning our office on (07) 3220 2929 or emailing us at

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