What Are The Possible Outcomes?

If it has been determined that your vehicle is a lemon, you may choose either a refund or a replacement (with a similar­model new vehicle).

A replacement vehicle shall be a new vehicle of similar model line if available, or a comparable vehicle if the former is not available.

In your refund, the manufacturer is entitled to deduct a reasonable allowance for vehicle use, based on number of miles driven from date of delivery. Beyond that, you are entitled to receive the full purchase price plus collateral charges.

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, they prove 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.
  • If 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.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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