Is my car a lemon?
If your car has been in the shop four or more times for the same problem or if it’s been not working like it’s supposed to for 30 or more days even though you brought it in for repair, you may qualify for a full refund or a replacement vehicle. Your vehicle only qualifies as a lemon if the problem substantially affects the vehicle’s use, value or safety. All new motor vehicles sold in Wisconsin are protected by the lemon law, whether owned by a person or a business entity.
Can I get my money back?
You have the choice of two options for lemon law relief:
You can obtain a full refund, including all amounts paid at point of sale, plus tax, title and licensing fees, all interest paid on the vehicle less a reasonable allowance for use as defined under the law; or
You can opt for a comparable new replacement vehicle. If a comparable new replacement vehicle cannot be located in the exercise of due diligence, the manufacturer can opt to provide the refund option detailed above.
How long Will it take?
The manufacturer is required to respond with a full refund or written notice that it will provide a comparable replacement vehicle within 30 days. Some manufacturers have alternative dispute settlement procedures which can add some time to the process. But typically, a response is received within 30 days.
How long DO I HAVE TO ACT ON A LEMON LAW CLAIM?
You only have three (3) years from the date you purchased the vehicle to pursue a lemon law claim. After that date, your lemon law claim is barred by the statute of limitations. You may have longer under the federal Magnuson-Moss warranty act, but you shouldn’t wait. If you think you may have a lemon call or email me now.
The MANUFACTURER HAS DENIED THE CLAIM- WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The manufacturers and their alternative dispute settlement programs always deny the consumer’s claim. Until they hire a qualified and experienced lemon law lawyer. What should you do if your claim has been denied? Call me or send me an email. I’m happy to talk to you — at no charge.
How much do you charge?
I charge nothing for my initial consultation with you. If I take your case we both sign a written fee agreement which I explain in detail prior to your signing. There is no fee unless we win. If the case is filed in court, we look to the manufacturer to pay. If we obtain a full refund or a comparable new motor vehicle, I cap our fees so you always know you will not have to pay too much.