German lemon laws continued

Robin Stocks pointed out an article in the Stars and Stripes on this topic, entitled ‘German lemon law sweetens car purchases’.

bq. In January 2002, under a European Union directive on consumer protection, Germany changed its laws on tangible property sales to better protect the consumer. All German dealerships must provide a 12-month warranty for every used car they sell.

bq. Ensuring that a dealership provides the warranty will save the buyer a lot of heartache and legal hassles if a dream BMW or Mercedes turns out to be a lemon, said German lawyer Roland Schwengebecher, who is representing Pullum in his dispute with the car dealer.

(The client referred to is Lewis Pullum, presumably no relation to Geoffrey K. Pullum of Language Log).

bq. The German lemon law, Bürgeliches gesetz buch, para. 434ss, states that if a used car bought from a dealership is defective, the dealer must take the car back or pay for repairs. The law does not apply to private sellers.

It’s odd to see a section/paragraph of the Civil Code being referred to as ‘Germany’s lemon law’, even though it doesn’t deal specifically with cars. I also think the ss. should be ff. (or et seq.). Probably the reference should be to § 437 in conjunction with §§ 280 ff.

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