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Philippine Lemon Law signed, to take effect on July 30

President Benigno S. Aquino officially signs the Philippine Lemon Law that basically gives people assurance that their newly-purchased vehicle meets the standards set by the manufacturer. It will take effect starting the end of this month.

Image credit: freep.com

Image credit: freep.com

This Philippine Lemon Law of 2014 “seeks to protect consumers in the sale of motor vehicles against sales and trade practices that are deceptive, unfair, or otherwise inimical to the consumers and the public interest.” The bill makes sure that cars have until the first 12 months or 20,000 kilometers (whichever comes first) that a warranty will be honored.

The DTI or Department of Trade and Industry also plays a huge role in this new law. It will act as a judge that will have the final say regarding the consumer’s complaints. If the complaint has been proven, it will “rule in favour of the consumer and order the car manufacturer, distributor, authorized dealer or retailer to either refund the purchase price of the vehicle or replace it with another model that is either the same or of similar value, plus collateral damages.”

On the other hand, if the complaint has been denied, DTI will demand the consumer to be the one to pay for the costs used for the process of verification.

The new law will be implemented on July 30, 2014 wherein all vehicles bought on this day will be qualified for the 1 year warranty.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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13 Responses

  1. nameless says:

    Meron ba talagang mga motor vehicles na binebentang legit sa ngayon na walang 1 year warranty? Ang mga motorcycles nga at least 1 year warranty, e-bike nga 1 year warranty, what more sa kotse?

    Ang bilis lang naipasa nito. Sana FOI bill naman ang maipasa sa susunod…ang tagal na nun eh.

  2. faceless says:

    what use is the of lemon law when most Filipinos cannot afford to purchase a brand new motor vehicle because of the ridiculous tax imposed to car dealerships which in turn is passed on to the consumers? are these the people our taxes are going to? stupid f**king Philippine laws!stupid f**king government!

    • Mukhamo says:

      Kaya pala ang daming motor sa kalsada at ang daming private vehicles kaya sobrang traffic lalo na pag rush hour.

    • pwetmo says:

      ilang porsyento jan ang bnew (less than 1 year) at ilan ang luma? mag isip kase minsan bago mag post ng bobong comment.

    • AA says:

      Magtrabaho ka kasi para makaipon ka ng pambili hindi lang puro internet ang inaatupag

    • Hardworker says:

      @AA, He’s probably pointing out taxes. 10 years in my professional career I think I was able to make a good amount of money but still hesitant to get a bnew car becuase of the steep prices.

      Ironically if you consolidate all the tax deductions i had from the start of my professional career, I can probably own 2 brand new cars already.

    • koljhu says:

      @Hardworker – or purchase a pre-owned car and and invest your cash in real estate. buy a house and lot in a decent community. you’ll never regret your decision. people especially in luzon are insane. i’ve met way too many who have awesome kickass looking cars but when see where they live, OMG, my dogs have better accommodation than they do. their rented homes look like closets. LOL.

    • Hardworker says:

      @koljhu – exactly. A person who with a brand new car doesn’t always mean they have the money. Wise people prioritize their needs and maximizes their money’s value.

      I have my own investments and getting a brand new car with constant decpreciating value is not my thing. I can always settle for a decent pre-owned vehicle that serves me well. In short “PURPOSE over PLEASURE”. Being practical today is one good way to prepare for your future.

  3. aslum says:

    This should be called calamansi law…

  4. vm says:

    “On the other hand, if the complaint has been denied, DTI will demand the consumer to be the one to pay for the costs used for the process of verification.”

    nice touch. will minimize friviolous lawsuits

  5. Hen-Sheen says:

    Our government is a NUT JOB after all! How about, Banana?

  6. French says:

    It’s called lemon law because cars found defective after purchase are referred to as lemons..

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