It is often misunderstood how the lemon law works and how lemon claims are filed. To dispel the common myths about filing a lemon law claims and help you better understand how state and federal lemon laws work, we have made a list of some general misconceptions about filing a lemon law claim.
Filing a lemon law claim is not worth the time.
Lemon law litigation may last from a few weeks to several months. This can be stressful for consumers, and manufacturers usually take advantage of the fact to convince the consumers to stand back from litigation. Yet, filing a lemon law claim is the only proven way to get reimbursement, and thus, the time spent in the process is worth that.
Lemon law arbitration is more practical than litigation.
There is a presumption that lemon law arbitration is easier and quicker way to solve lemon law issues. In reality, arbitration is the manufacturer’s favorite method of resolving lemon law claims. The reason is more than obvious: it mostly benefits the manufacturer than the consumer. The limited access to evidence and lack of proper legal representation make arbitration process unsafe for the consumer and beneficial for the manufacturer.
I sold or traded in my lemon vehicle, so I missed my chance to file a lemon law claim.
In California, selling a lemon car does not end your lemon law rights. One can file a lemon claim within the same four-year statute of limitations that applies to lemons that haven’t been disposed of.
I can’t file a claim for a used car.
Even if you bought a used car that appeared to be a lemon, you may still be able to file a claim or lawsuit if it had a warranty or if repairs were promised. The Used Car Lemon Law provides a legal remedy for buyers or lessees of used cars that turn out to be lemons.
Hiring a lemon law attorney is expensive.
If you purchased a defective car and the manufacturer refuses or cannot fix it, you need legal representation. Most people believe that hiring a lemon law attorney does not come cheap. Yes, a good legal service is worth the price. However, lemon law attorneys work on contingency fees. This means that you will not have to pay the attorney unless he/she wins the case. Once you win the case, the financial compensation you receive can cover the costs of your lawyer.
The experienced lemon law attorneys at the Margarian law firm offer free consultations and will tell you if your lemon law case is worth pursuing. We have extensive experience in lemon law litigation and always take care to receive the full compensation you are entitled to.