What Happens If I Win?

The law provides basic guidelines for what you may get if you prove your case. Because every situation is different, judges review the facts of each particular case when making a decision.

If you win your case, the judge will order one of the following:

  • The manufacturer must buy back the vehicle for the full purchase price, including taxes, title and license fee, minus an amount charged for the use of the vehicle. The amount deducted is decided according to a formula that takes into account the number of miles on the vehicle at the time of the hearing and other factors.
  • he manufacturer must replace the defective vehicle with one that is comparable to your original vehicle, usually same make, model and accessories, that is acceptable to you, minus the mileage used.
  • The manufacturer must fix the vehicle`s defects. Also, out­of­pocket expenses for repairs that should have been covered by the warranty will be reimbursed.

Reimbursement of incidental expenses
Incidental expenses are awarded only if the vehicle is ordered to be repurchased or replaced. They include the costs of towing, rental cars, lodging and meals if the vehicle broke down while out of town, and telephone calls and postage spent trying to get the vehicle repaired.

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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