What Are The Possible Outcomes?

If it is determined that your vehicle is a lemon, you are entitled to receive either a comparable replacement vehicle that is acceptable to you, or a refund.

In the case of a refund, the manufacturer is entitled to deduct a reasonable allowance for vehicle use, computed based on the number of miles driven since the date of delivery. After this deduction, you are entitled to receive the full purchase price as well as, but not limited to, the following: credits and allowances for any trade­in vehicles; costs of any options and other modifications added by the manufacturer within 30 days after the original delivery date; cost of sales taxes, license and registration fees, and finance charges; towing; cost of vehicle repairs paid for by you; charges for renting a similar vehicle while the original vehicle was out of service because of the defect; and the Lemon Law filing fee.

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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