New laws could reduce the likelihood of costly fleet maintenance

It's a terrible feeling - and one that fleet managers will hopefully be protected from if new laws gain traction - but some Australians have the unfortunate luck of purchasing a car that ends up being a dud. 

Also known as 'lemons', these vehicles can cause significant financial issues, as well as putting a strain on businesses through unplanned maintenance. On top of this, safety and fuel efficiency can also be compromised, depending on the nature of the faults. 

How will fleet managers be protected?

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath is leading the charge for the creation of new laws surrounding car purchasing, as she believes too many Australians are being stung with 'lemons'.

In fact, Ms D'Ath has called for Queenslanders to share their stories of dodgy car purchases online to give the movement more traction. Safety is a key part of the campaign, as there is no guarantee that Australians who end up with faulty cars fix the issues. 

"I want to hear from Queenslanders who've suffered the financial and mental pain of buying a lemon and how they were treated," she said.

"I'm concerned many people just give up in frustration and sell their lemon to make it someone else's problem."

The movement isn't all doom and gloom however, as Ms D'Ath is also requesting positive stories of sellers who have offered refunds or managed to repair any issues to get an idea of how new laws could function. 

The problem of the nation's lemons is currently not being addressed by either state or federal laws, leaving a large gap in legislation that can impact on consumers. 

As it is currently up to drivers to force the issue with manufacturers, Ms D'Ath is hoping that lemon laws would be able to set definitive criteria for when a car can be considered a dud.