Don’t keep your ‘lemon’ a secret, urges Jeep wrecker

CONSUMER advocate Ashton Wood has hailed the Queensland Government's call for people who have bought dud new cars to tell their stories to help build the case for national lemon laws.

Mr Wood whose Destroy My Jeep campaign caught international attention when he crowd-sourced to help underwrite the cost of wrecking a $50,000 vehicle he said had been beset with problems since it left the showroom floor, said it was essential that those caught in similar situations to him took the trouble to participate.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath last week put the issue of "lemon laws", that would require manufacturers to immediately fix new car defects and replace the vehicle if necessary, on the national agenda at a meeting of state consumer affairs ministers.

She has urged affected vehicle owners to share their stories by visiting http://www.qld.gov.au/lemonlaws.

"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."

Submissions received will be submitted to a wider review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), beginning next year.

Mr Wood said it was essential that affected motorists engaged in the consultation process.

"The last time this was done in 2009 the government said it saw only 12 cases,'' he said.


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