What Are The Possible Outcomes?

If the Lemon Law criteria are met, the law presumes that you are entitled to receive a comparable, new replacement vehicle of the same model with the same features, that is accepable to you, or a refund.

In the case of a refund, the manufacturer is entitled to deduct a reasonable allowance for vehicle use, based on the number of miles driven from date of delivery. After this deduction, you are entitled to receive the full purchase price, taxes, license and registration fees, and all other similar governmental fees, excluding finance interest.

If any of the following occur, you will not be covered by the Lemon Law:

  1. The manufacturer proves that it has not had a reasonable opportunity to repair your car. For example, if you did not follow the terms of the warranty or some event (such as a labor strike, war, or natural disaster) prevented timely repairs.
  2. No problem exists or the problem does not substantially impair the vehicle`s use, value, or safety.
  3. 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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