There are few things worse than purchasing a new vehicle and realizing you were misled regarding its condition. Luckily, there are laws protecting consumers who find themselves in such a situation. If you have purchased a “lemon,” which is a vehicle that has a major defect or other undisclosed issue that is beyond repair, a Miami consumer protection attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.
The Basics of the Law
Florida’s Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act protects consumers from deceptive practices by offering an avenue for seeking arbitration. However, not all vehicles are covered by this law. In order to qualify, the vehicle must:
- Have been purchased or long-term leased new
- Have been purchased or long-term leased within the past 24 months
- Have a defect or issue that significantly impacts its functionality, safety or value and is covered by the vehicle’s warranty
- Have undergone at least three unsuccessful attempts to repair the aforementioned issue
- Have remained out of service for more than 15 days
Steps to Take After Purchasing a Lemon
If these stipulations are met, the first step to take is to reach out to the manufacturer directly, seeking a final repair attempt. If this request is not met or is ineffective, a Miami consumer protection attorney can help you file a lawsuit. Your lawyer will ensure your rights are not infringed upon, as well as confirm that all paperwork is filled out properly. Also, remember that keeping a paper trail throughout the process will increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome. This may come in the form of a refund or a replacement vehicle.
If you are stuck with a lemon and aren’t sure how to proceed, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our accomplished attorneys. Our team is committed to protecting your rights, and can help you take the necessary steps to seek justice.