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What am I entitled to if my car falls under the Lemon Law?

The king of all Lemon Law FAQ’s is what you are entitled to if you have a lemon. Depending upon the facts of your case, you could be entitled to a cash settlement, a partial or total refund of the purchase price, or a new or replacement vehicle also known as a “buy back” or a “repurchase.” As each vehicle or product’s repair history is so different, it is best to have a qualified lemon law attorney review all the repair orders and receipts to determine the best way to proceed. Your goal is to get the most favorable resolution possible for your lemon law claim.

What if my case isn’t covered by my state’s Lemon Law; do I have any other recourse?

You may, depending on various factors. For example, there is a Federal Lemon Law which may apply, and there are other state laws that may apply to your situation as well.

Why do I need a lawyer?

An experienced attorney who has handled thousands of claims is knowledgeable in both the state and federal laws and can determine the best way to proceed to get you what you are entitled to. Why would you represent yourself when you can enlist the services of a qualified attorney without paying attorney’s fees? Click here for a Free Lemon Law Case Review.

How does my lawyer get paid; what does this cost?

Lemon Laws contain a “fee-shifting provision”, which means that if you win or settle your case, the attorney’s fees are paid for by, or “shift”, to the manufacturer. This fee-shifting provision means you don’t our pay attorney’s fees, win or lose.

Are used cars covered by Lemon Laws?

  • Is your vehicle 2010 or newer?
  • Has it been in the shop too many times? Too many days?
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A growing number of states have extended Lemon Law coverage to include used vehicles. Many used cars are sold with the remainder of the manufacturer warranty in place. A qualified Lemon Law Attorney can review your information to determine whether or not your vehicle can fall under either your state or the federal warranty law.

What documents are necessary to prove that my vehicle is a lemon?

Each time you take your vehicle in for repair, an invoice and record is generated by the dealer to verify the particular repair or service that was performed. It is important that when you pick up your vehicle from the repair facility, you request a copy of the repair order, or repair invoice. If you do not have copies of all the repair orders, your dealer can provide you with a “warranty history report” which should show the date and result of each repair visit and be sure to keep a repair log. An experienced lemon law lawyer will look at all the facts surrounding your potential claim and do a careful review to determine whether or not we can help you. Do not be dissuaded if you didn’t receive a copy of every repair receipt, there may be other ways we can prove you do have a claim.

Should I take my car in for more repairs if they are needed?

It is best to talk to an attorney before you do this, though in the majority of cases if the vehicle needs to have the repair performed in order to make it drivable or safe, you should take it in for another repair. The more attempts that are made to repair a defect or problem that exists for your vehicle or product, the stronger the case becomes in most instances. NEVER leave the repair facility without getting a copy of an invoice or repair order for your records.

What if they violated other rights of mine when I purchased my vehicle?

If the dealer lied to you, misrepresented the vehicles prior history, dealt with you in a dishonest manner, or took illegal liberties before, during or after your purchase, you could be the victim of illegal or fraudulent or deceptive sales practices. Federal and State laws offer protection and remedies for violations; including monetary damages, please visit our car buying tips and consumer fraud page for more information.

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10 comments

  1. Michelle kolaand

    Does the Lemon Law apply only to vehicles? I have a Whirlpool RV Washer less than a year old (it is brand new) that has already had the motor,motor control board,and door latch replaced. It is again not functioning properly? Think it is a lemon!!! Thanks for any information.

  2. I purchased a range from Sears. I spilt some grease and it went inside the window of the oven door.
    They will not replace the stove. They will repair the window, but that will not guarantee the oven window will stay clear.. Do I have any recourse?

  3. I bought a two owner car last week from a dealer lot. One owner must have been a smoker. However the Lemon air fresheners placed in the car covered the fact. Now that I have had the car for a week, my wife and other family members will not ride in the car. Does this fall under lemon laws?

  4. The transmission went in my car after 400 miles.They are putting another transmission in and it is used is this legal?

  5. I bought a 2015 Hyundai accent GS with 9 miles on it in June 2015. I test drove the car for a couple miles then back to dealership, the sales person George Berk told me it would be a good ride for me even after I told him I’m disabled worried about the comfort of the seats because of my severe arthritis and back problems. I called Hyundai motor in Sept 2015 and was told someone would call me in a couple days do 10+ days went by and I called back and made another complaint 3 more time and was told I could trade it for something for my comfort agian I waited till December 2015 for Hyundai motor in Tennessee to tell me they can’t help me. I’m using my cane agian and need help with this problem. Can anyone help me please? Glenda

  6. I just bought a 1995 honda accord …. 6 days ago and the manual transmission is bad . What legally can I do ? so they willll abide by that standard 15 day 500 mile warranty law? Can I ask for my money back? or different car? please any help is needed!!!

  7. 2012 honda righline, unsafe to drive airbag will kill driver, can i used lemon law, my car is unsafe to drive

  8. My daughter and I purchased a used 2005 Ford F-150 from a dealer in St Cloud, Mn. On March 26 th. Within the week we noticed scraping sounds. We took it to a repair shop and found several issues. We paid for rear brakes and the vehicle still has $1500. Dollars in suspension parts and ball joints that are needed. The vehicle did not have a working speedometer that it says on the paperwork they would fix. The transmission is now starting to not shift. I have notified the dealer by e- mail and have scanned over the bills. I finally received an email to call him, which I did and got a voice mail. It seems they are ignoring me so 30 days is up. What can I do on an “as is” purchase from a dealer.

  9. I purchased a car from a dealer that buys from the auctions. It is a used car, and sold as-is, but do I have any recourse if the car didn’t even make it home from the dealership? I had a mechanic come to test it before we bought, drove it around as well before purchasing. Drove it at least 30 miles to home before it began to break down. It cut off 3 times, and began a loud knocking sound. The mechanic came back to check it and said the motor is blown. There must have been heavy motor oil put in it to make it last long enough to sell.

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