How the Lemon Law works: Get rid of that bad car or truck!
Learn whether your vehicle qualifies under the Lemon Law. Learn what steps you should take to make sure you qualify. Learn what you are entitled to under the law. Learn how to get help from a lawyer without paying anything.
What makes a vehicle a "lemon".There are two separate ways to violate the Lemon Law:
1. Your new vehicle was serviced at least 3 times for a similar problem.
2. The vehicle is at the dealership for repair work at least 25 days in the first year that you own or lease it.
What am I entitled to if I have a lemon?If your vehicle qualifies under the Lemon Law, the manufacturer (GM, Ford, Toyota, etc.) will be required to "repurchase" the vehicle from you. Basically, this means that you will return the vehicle at the dealership, and you will get your money back - including having the loan or lease paid. You and the manufacturer do have the "option" to agree to exchange the defective vehicle for a new vehicle.
How do you get help with a Lemon Law claim?The Lemon Law was created to make sure that consumers could make a claim, without having to go broke dealing with a large vehicle manufacturer. As such, the Lemon Law makes the manufacturer pay all of the attorney fees and costs for the consumer when the vehicle is repurchased or replaced.
How does the Lemon Law lawyer help you?A Lemon Law lawyer will first make sure that your vehicle qualifies under the Lemon Law, including sending the required repair "notice" that is required to make a Lemon Law claim. If the vehicle does qualify, the lawyer will contact the manufacturer and notify them of the Lemon Law violation, and will work to convince the manufacturer to repurchase the vehicle. If the manufacturer agrees to do so, the lawyer will facilitate the vehicle repurchase to make sure that the consumer receives the purchase or lease money that they are entitled to, and that the vehicle is properly accepted as "returned".
Manufacturers and dealership will often try to take advantage of consumers who are not familiar with how the law or the process works, so it is always best to have legal help from an experience Lemon Law lawyer - especially since the Lemon Law makes the manufacturer pay your attorney. All lawyers do not operate the same way, so you should find out, up front, if the lawyer plans to charge you personally, or will wait to be paid by the manufacturer.