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New motor vehicle “lemon” laws for QCAT

New powers for Tribunal to deal with defective cars

On 1 September 2019, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will give QCAT the power to hear matters for new and old vehicles that are ‘lemons’ – vehicles with numerous defects despite multiple repair attempts or where defects cause a motor vehicle to be off the road for an extended period of time.

Cars, motorhomes and caravans included

QCAT’s jurisdictional limit be raised to $100,000 to increase the protection for people who have been sold defective vehicles — including cars, motorhomes and caravans.

New limit starts from 1 September 2019

Until 1 September 2019, QCAT’s current jurisdictional limit of $25,000 will apply. If your claim is for more than $25,000, you should wait until the new laws take effect.



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Please note that this article has been prepared by Margaret Miller, partner of Bell Legal Group, for information purposes only. It is not legal advice nor should it be relied upon as such.