What Are The Possible Outcomes?
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 before you reported the problem to the manufacturer or dealer. After this deduction, you are entitled to receive the full purchase price including finance charges, sales taxes, license fees, registration fees, other costs and expenses, and possibly attorney`s fees.
The Lemon Law will not apply if:
- The manufacturer can prove that it has not had a reasonable opportunity to repair your car. For example, if they can prove that the number of repair attempts was not reasonable because you did not follow the terms of the warranty or because some event (such as a labor strike, war, or natural disaster) prevented timely repairs.
- The manufacturer can prove that no problem exists or that the problem does not substantially impair the vehicle`s use, value, or safety.
- The defect was the result of abuse, neglect, unauthorized alterations or modifications, or an accident, the Lemon Law will not apply.
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.
Additional Lemon Law Articles
- What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?
- What Is The Lemon Law Term Of Protection?
- What Types Of Defects Are Covered?
- What Defects Are Not Covered?
- What Do I Need To Do Before I Can Claim That My Car Is A Lemon?
- What If My Problem Does Not Fit The Requirements Of My State's Lemon Law?
- What Are My Options For Action Under The Lemon Law?
- Does The Manufacturer Have To Tell Potential Purchasers Of The Car That It Was Deemed A Lemon?
- Where Can I Get More Information About The Lemon Law?