We have come along way from the old adage of “buyer beware” (also known as “Caveat Emptor”). But consumers today cannot just sit on their rights without acting with some degree of reasonable caution. For example, if there is a substantial defect in your new car, you must notify the dealer and/or the manufacturer promptly, to give them a fair opportunity to inspect and repair the vehicle. Likewise, the consumer must be very specific about the nature of all defects, so the manufacturer or dealer can have a fair chance to remedy the problem. Finally, you will be relieved to know that in most states, your attorney fees if you prevail will be awarded on your case as well.