What Are The Possible Outcomes?

If it is decided that your vehicle is a lemon, you may choose between receiving either a refund or a comparable replacement vehicle.

In the case of a refund, the manufacturer is entitled to deduct a reasonable allowance for vehicle use, which is computed based on the number of miles driven beyond 12,000 miles, and which cannot exceed ten cents per mile. The manufacturer may also deduct an allowance for any damage not attributable to normal wear or to the defect in question.

After this deduction, you are entitled to receive all sales taxes, license and registration fees, and any similar governmental charges, as well as the refund of the purchase or lease price.

In addition to a refund or replacement, you may be able to receive attorneys fees (if applicable) and any relief available under any other law. If ­ in a state­run arbitration settlement—the decision is against the manufacturer, the latter may be obligated to pay the costs of arbitration.

If the following conditions prevail, you are not eligible for legal remedy under the Lemon Law:

  • The manufacturer proves that it has not had a reasonable opportunity to repair your car. For example, if was proven that the number of repair attempts was not reasonable because you did not follow the terms of the warranty or some event (such as a labor strike, war, or natural disaster) prevented timely repairs, the Lemon Law will not help you.
  • The manufacturer proves that no problem exists or that the problem does not substantially impair the vehicle`s use, value, or safety.
  • If the defect was the result of abuse, neglect, unauthorized alterations or modifications, or an accident.

Speak to an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney Today

This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified lemon lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local lemon attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.

Additional Lemon Law Articles

Search LawInfo's Lemon Law Resources