Does Your New Vehicle Need Excessive Repairs? You Might Need A Lemon Lawyer.
Buying a new vehicle or car is a thrilling and exciting experience…unless you ended up with a lemon. Having to take your new car to the shop for one repair after another is beyond frustrating. Our consumer protection lawyers at Brody & Cornwell, in St. Louis, fight to hold Missouri businesses accountable for shady behaviors and unfair practices. If you need a Missouri lemon law attorney, our lawyers will fight for you.
What Is A Lemon?
Defective vehicles have commonly become known as a lemon. When you purchase a new car and you have to spend a good deal of time and money to repair your vehicle, you just might have yourself a lemon. Nearly every state has its own lemon law designed to protect consumers from getting stuck with a defective vehicle.
What Is Missouri’s Lemon Law?
Missouri’s lemon law protects residents of Missouri or purchasers of a new vehicle that came from Missouri. A vehicle includes cars and trucks that utilize engine and battery power and can include recreational vehicles. Missouri’s lemon law excludes off-road vehicles, mopeds and motorcycles. A vehicle is considered a lemon under the law if your new factory-warranted vehicle has four or more repairs for a particular problem or it has been out of service for more than 30 days.
What Does A Consumer Get If They Win A Lemon Law Claim?
Under Missouri’s lemon law, you must give the manufacturer or dealer notice of your vehicle’s defect and a chance to repair the problem. If the manufacturer or dealer cannot satisfy the vehicle’s warranty, you may be entitled to a comparable replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price, minus a reasonable amount for your use of the vehicle.
Federal Lemon Law: The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
While every state has its own lemon law, there are also federal protections for consumers. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act also protects any consumer who has purchased a product with a warranty.
To have a case under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, your vehicle must:
- Have a factory warranty
- Have had an unreasonable number of repair attempts
- Been at the dealership for repair attempts an unreasonable period of time.
Under the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, any consumer product with a warranty is covered. Generally, you have four years to bring a federal lemon law case in court, but this time limit may sometimes be extended.
If a consumer prevails under the federal lemon law, the court awards damages based on a formula designed to determine the product’s actual value to a consumer.
Successful Lemon Law Claims Pay For Your Attorney
Under both the Missouri state lemon law and the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a manufacturer is responsible for paying the consumer’s attorney fees. Our lawyers handle lemon law claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the price for your attorney shifts to the manufacturer and you don’t have to pay any legal fees. No matter what type of consumer protection case you have, whether it is an unfair debt collection claim, a lemon law claim or an action to demand your car’s title, our attorneys will fight to protect your consumer rights without any cost or financial risk to you.
Consult A Lemon Lawyer For Free
Let us help you fight your lemon law claim. Our consumer protection attorneys offer free consultations. At this initial consultation, we can discuss your case, answer your questions and tell you more about how we can help you turn your lemon vehicle into lemonade. Contact us today through our website or call us at 314-400-2229 to schedule your free appointment. There is never a fee to talk to us.