Florida Lemon Law
The Florida Lemon Law protects consumers who purchase or lease a defective car, truck or RV. Specifically, the Florida Lemon Law statute applies to any new vehicle that was purchased or leased in the state and meets the following criteria:
- It is used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. The law does not apply to commercial vehicles nor those used primarily for business purposes.
- It weighs less than 10,000 pounds.
- It has at least one defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle.
Automobile manufacturers are required to repair the nonconformities in a consumer’s vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts. Under Florida’s Lemon Laws, a “reasonable number of attempts” means one (or both) of the following:
- The vehicle is taken to an authorized dealer three times for the same defect within the first two years after the vehicle was purchased; OR
- The vehicle is out of service due to its repairs for at least thirty days within the first two years after the vehicle was purchased.
Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases for Florida consumers with lemon vehicles over the past twenty-one years. If you are unsure about whether your vehicle is a lemon, our Florida Lemon Law attorneys can help you and answer any questions that you have.What Will The Manufacturer do for Me if My Vehicle is a Lemon Vehicle?
If you have a lemon vehicle in Florida, you are entitled to have the manufacturer repurchase your vehicle or replace it with a brand new one. As an alternative, there is also the possibility of a “cash-and-keep” settlement, wherein you would receive money damages based on the diminished value of your vehicle as a result of its defects and repairs.
James is a Florida consumer who came to us because he was having transmission problems with his brand new Dodge Ram. James took his truck to an authorized Chrysler dealer on three separate occasions, but the defects were not properly repaired. James was in need of a Florida attorney that focuses on Lemon Law case, and ultimately agreed to retain our law firm to represent him. Pursuant to the Florida Lemon Law, we sent Chrysler written notice via certified mail, providing it with an opportunity to perform a Final Repair Attempt on James’ vehicle. Chrysler and its dealer performed the Final Repair Attempt, but once again failed to rectify the transmission defects in James’ truck. Throughout the process, we attempted to resolve James’ case directly with Chrysler, and without having to participate in a Lemon Law arbitration. However, Chrysler was unwilling to amicably resolve his case. From there, we proceeded to a Lemon Law arbitration through the state Attorney General’s office. James was given the opportunity to present his case and explain the situation with his truck to a three-person arbitration panel. The arbitrators ultimately agreed that James’ truck was a Lemon vehicle and required Chrysler to repurchase it from him.
Even if your vehicle does not fall under the Lemon Law, you may still be entitled to relief under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the federal lemon law that applies to any defective product, whether it was purchased new or used, that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. The law also requires the manufacturer to pay our attorneys’ fees, so we don’t have to charge our clients for our services.Why Should I Choose the Weisberg Consumer Law Group to be My Lemon Law Attorneys?
James is just one of the thousands of consumers that we have represented all across the country. Our experienced Florida Lemon Law attorneys will guide you every step of the way, and work with you directly to achieve the best possible result and resolution to your case. Connect here for a free, no-obligation Florida Lemon Law case review.