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Arbitration: Also known as informal dispute settlement, arbitration is an informal process consumers may use to obtain speedy resolution of a warranty dispute without having to go to court, and it is legally binding. At an arbitration hearing, the seller and buyer testify before an arbitrator about the defects and repair history of the vehicle. There are two types of arbitration for new cars:
You can find out if your manufacturer sponsors a certified arbitration program by reading the information accompanying your warranties, asking your dealer for information, or contacting the Governor`s Office of Consumer Affairs, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 356, Atlanta, GA 30334
8008691123 (from within GA only) or 4046563790.
Once the arbitration program has made its decision, you have the right to either accept or reject their decision.
If you reject the decision and decide to apply for statesponsored arbitration, you must submit a state arbitration application within 60 days from the date of your rejection.
Court Action: If you have met the Lemon Law requirements listed above and are not satisfied with results from the manufacturer`s arbitration program, or if the manufacturer does not have an arbitration program that meets federal requirements and regulations, then you may go to court. If you do seek court action, you should consult an attorney.
If the court rules in your favor, in addition to receiving a refund or replacement, you may be able to also receive attorney fees.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified lemon lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local lemon attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.