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Mississippi Lemon Law Rights Consumer Guide

Mississippi Lemon Law Rights

This Mississippi Lemon Law Rights consumer guide contains a great explanation of the lemon law process, including the Mississippi lemon law definition and the rest of the Mississippi lemon law statute and its presumptions. If after reading this guide you have more questions about your rights under the Mississippi automobile lemon law (or your rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the federal lemon law), or you want free help seeking remedies under the Mississippi lemon law on new cars, connect with a Mississippi lemon law attorney for a free lemon law case review! Simply put, whenever you need help with the Mississippi car lemon law, this Website is your one stop lemon law infosource. This Guide was compiled by the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General and is brought to you here courtesy of CarLemon.com.

Mississippi Lemon Law

State of Mississippi, Office of Attorney General

Recognizing that a car is a major consumer purchase and that a defective car creates a burden for the consumer, the Legislature, through this Act, has provided procedures where a consumer may receive either a replacement car or a full refund for a NEW car which cannot be brought into conformity with the express warranty issued by the manufacturer.

These laws apply to demonstrators or lease-purchase vehicles as long as a manufacturer’s warranty was issued as a condition of the sale. However, this Act does not apply to motorcycles or mopeds.

If a NEW vehicle does not conform to the express warranty, the consumer must report the defect(s) to the manufacturer or dealer within the warranty period or within 1 year from the time the consumer received the car — whichever period ends first. The manufacturer or dealer must then make whatever repairs are necessary to conform the vehicle to the warranty — even if these repairs are made after the expiration of the warranty period or one-year period. (The warranty period or the one-year period may be extended if the defect has been reported but not repaired by the end of these periods.)

The consumer must IN WRITING notify the manufacturer about the defect. The manufacturer will then recommend a reasonably accessible repair facility. After the car has been delivered to the repair facility, the manufacturer will have 10 working days to repair the vehicle. If, after a reasonable number of attempts, a car cannot be repaired to conform to the warranty AND the car’s defects impair the use, market value, or safety of the car, the manufacturer (based on the consumer’s preference) shall EITHER:

  1. replace the car with a comparable motor vehicle acceptable to the consumer LESS a charge for the consumer’s use of the car [20 cents per mile]; OR
  2. take the car’s title from the consumer and refund the full purchase price (including all reasonably related outside costs) LESS a charge for the consumer’s use of the car [20 cents per mile].

** These remedies are not available if a car’s defects result from the consumer’s abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modification of the car. These remedies are also not available if the defects do not impair the use, market value, or safety of the car.

A reasonable number of attempts is considered to have been made, IF either:

  • the same defect is not repaired after 3 or more attempts; or
  • the vehicle has been out of service a total of 15 working days since the consumer received the car.

In cases where manufacturers have established an informal dispute settlement procedure, the consumer must first use this procedure before the vehicle replacement or refund remedies will be available.

Lawsuits based on this Act must be brought within one year of the warranty period’s expiration OR within 18 months from the time the consumer received the vehicle OR within 90 days after the end of an informal dispute settlement procedure. If a consumer wins an action based on this Act, he may, as part of the judgment, be allowed to recover costs and expenses (including attorney’s fees) related to the lawsuit. But if a consumer is found to bring a claim under this Act in bad faith or for harassment purposes, that consumer may be liable for all court costs resulting from the claim.

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  1. My name is John Little, I recently purchased a 07 Suburban from a dealer in Ocean Springs ” Tiny Mite Auto Sales ” and upon getting home the vehicle wouldn’t crank the next morning. I assumed id purchased with a bad battery and just went and bought another. Still after overnight it sat and was not cranking the next morning. I contacted the dealer and she stated that the vehicle was running good as it left their lot and that I should take it to the chevrolet here in brandon and have it diagnosed and then call her and they would have their mechanic fix the problem. I had it put in the shop at Fowler on hwy 80 and said that it had to have a BCM ( Body Control Module ) and even then after that was replaced it would have to have programming and looked over to address any other issues. So I made another trip to the dealer to have them fix the vehicle and hopefully get the issues resolved. After they called and said that the vehicle was ready and all was good and that I could come pick it up I once again took a trip to the lot in Ocean Springs to get my suburban. upon getting there my vehicle was running and sitting on the lot. I talked with them and asked what all they had to do and they said that the BCM was replaced and that they had to remove the Fuses to kill power to the radio so that the battery would not still run down. I told them that I was not going to be satisfied with no radio and informed them that they would have to get me a radio, as they now are saying this is the problem. After returning home , next morning my vehicle will not crank. I have tried repeatedly to get them to resolve the matter and at this point I’m not sure that they even worked on the vehicle and further more feel that they jumped the suburban off just before my arrival at their lot. I paid $ 4,000 down and have a loan for over 10,000 I would like to know what my options are to get this matter resolved legally.

    • Likely nothing under a lemon law as those apply to warranted vehicles only. You may be able to find relief though in a statute related to a car purchase or in other ordinary consumer transactions. Read more about your must know consumer rights and give us a call if any apply.

    • Hello,
      so if you buy a used vehicle with no warranty the lemon law will not help ?
      so what am I to do?. I bought a Hummer the Hummer has never left the lot, the Hummer is still on the lot it will not start. We test drove the Hummer everything was ok until we signed the final papers got in the Hummer to drive it off the lot it wouldn’t start. Still there they are working on it now, so if they can’t get it going can we give the truck back and get our money back?
      Please help me!
      Thanks in advance

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