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Why Should I Hire an Attorney For My Lemon Law Claim?

Ronald S. Weiss, Attorney March 20, 2024

When you purchase a new car, you have every reason to expect it will run smoothly and efficiently and not become a source of stress and financial strain. Unfortunately, some vehicles turn out to be lemons. A lemon refers to a car, usually new, that continues to exhibit significant defects affecting its usability, safety, or value despite undergoing repeated repairs. These vehicles frequently present recurring problems not long after purchase, pointing to a flawed manufacturing process or oversight during production.  

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of owning or leasing a lemon, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the manufacturer in the form of a refund or replacement. Lemon law claims can often be tedious. That's where an experienced lemon law attorney comes in. Hiring an attorney can not only make filing a claim easier and less stressful but also increase your chances of a successful and timely outcome.  Importantly, many lemon laws require the manufacturer to pay attorney fees and costs, so the representation is free to you.

Importance of Filing a Lemon Law Claim 

While it is reasonable to expect that the vehicle manufacturer will stand behind you and offer compensation, this rarely happens without filing a lemon law claim. Filing a lemon law claim not only holds manufacturers accountable for their product's quality but also ensures you are compensated for the inconvenience and financial burden the lemon has caused.  

Lemon laws were established to protect consumers, offering a path to either replace the defective vehicle with a new one or receive a refund. However, understanding lemon laws requires a deep understanding of specific state statutes and the ability to negotiate effectively with manufacturers and sellers. 

This is where an experienced lemon law attorney becomes invaluable. An attorney experienced in lemon law claims understands the intricacies of these laws and can provide expert guidance throughout the process. They are adept at gathering the necessary documentation, representing your interests in negotiations, and, if needed, litigating your case in court. An attorney can significantly expedite the resolution process, helping you receive the compensation you deserve.  

Advantages of Hiring an Attorney for Your Lemon Law Claim 

Drivers often seek assistance from a lemon law attorney when facing issues with their defective cars after making multiple visits to the dealership for repairs. However, some may wonder whether it is worth employing the services of a lemon law attorney. Below are some of the key reasons you should hire an attorney to assist with your lemon law claim.  

Knowledge of State-Specific Lemon Laws 

Lemon law provisions vary significantly from one state to another. These laws have specific requirements regarding the number of repair attempts, the period within which these attempts must occur, and the criteria for a vehicle to be deemed a lemon. In Michigan, for your car to qualify as a lemon, the car must have at least one of the following: 

  • A significant defect covered by the warranty that occurred within a specific period or after a certain number of miles traveled 

  • Has a substantial defect that can't be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts  

  • Has spent 30 days or more at the dealership for repairs within the first year of purchase  

If you're located in Ohio, there are additional provisions that include eight or more repairs to fix various problems or one attempt to repair a defect that was likely to cause death or serious injury.  

Negotiation to Level the Playing Field 

Manufacturers are often represented by teams of skilled lawyers who are well-versed in defending against lemon law claims. Going up against these professionals without legal representation can significantly disadvantage you, as some may attempt to negotiate a small settlement to minimize potential payouts, causing you to potentially miss out on better compensation.  

By hiring an experienced attorney, you can level the playing field. They can negotiate on your behalf with manufacturers and their lawyers to advocate for your rights more effectively and secure the best possible outcome, whether that is a replacement vehicle, a buyback, or compensation for losses incurred due to the lemon.  

Reduce Your Legal Burdens 

Lemon law claims involve a substantial amount of paperwork, deadlines, and legal procedures that can be overwhelming for you to manage on your own. An attorney can take on this burden so you don't have to. From preparing and filing all the necessary documents to adhering to strict deadlines, a lemon law attorney can manage all the aspects of your claim to make sure it progresses smoothly and without errors. 

Maximize Your Compensation 

One of the primary goals of pursuing a lemon law claim is to receive fair compensation for your defective vehicle. An experienced lemon law attorney will not only strive for a favorable verdict but will also work to maximize the compensation you receive. This might include reimbursement for repair costs, depreciation, and even attorney's fees, depending on your state's laws. Lemon law attorneys understand the financial and emotional toll a defective vehicle can take, and they will work tirelessly to ensure that you are adequately compensated. 

Reduce Your Stress and Provide Peace of Mind 

Perhaps the most significant advantage of hiring a lemon law attorney is the peace of mind it brings. Knowing that your case is in capable hands allows you to focus on other important areas of your life. A knowledgeable attorney will handle everything on your behalf, keeping you informed throughout the process and working toward the most favorable resolution. 

Reach Out to Ronald S. Weiss, Attorney 

Hiring an attorney for your lemon law claim isn't just a wise decision—it's a strategic move that enhances your chances of success. At Ronald S. Weiss, Attorney, we bring knowledge, advocacy, and peace of mind to the table. If you're grappling with a lemon law issue, let us help you work through your legal options and fight for the justice you deserve. 

While we are located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio, we handle lemon law cases throughout both states. From understanding specific state requirements to staying abreast of the latest legal developments, our proficiency provides a solid foundation for pursuing your claim.