What Are The Possible Outcomes?

If it was decided that your vehicle is a lemon, you are entitled to choose between receiving either a new comparable replacement vehicle or a refund of the full purchase price, together with reasonable attorney`s fees.

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.

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