Lemon Law Attorneys in Florida
When you have a vehicle that is constantly in repair, you may have what Florida defines as a “lemon". In this case, a lemon lawyer can be a huge help in getting you a replacement or refund. Here we will describe the benefits of hiring a lemon lawyer, how a vehicle is determined to be a lemon, arbitration, and what to consider when hiring a lemon lawyer.
NOTE: The content of this website is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not a source of legal advice and should not be used as such.
Lemon laws may seem pretty clear, but when you're dealing with major corporations like dealerships and manufacturers, things can get complicated.
A lemon law attorney will make sure you have everything needed to prove your vehicle is a lemon and recoup your losses.
Benefits of hiring a lemon law lawyer include:
- Knowledge of the law – Experienced lemon lawyers know the law and can make educated decisions about your case.
- Negotiating power – You'll have additional leverage with the manufacturer with an attorney present.
- Your attorney can also help you present your case in arbitration.
- Trusted advice – Your attorney can provide advice and help make sure you don't damage your own case.
When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect everything to be in working order. Unfortunately, sometimes an issue occurs that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle. When this happens, your vehicle may qualify as a lemon.
In order for your car to be considered a lemon, the following must have occurred within 24 months following the date of delivery (the Lemon Law Rights Period):
- The vehicle must have undergone at least 3 attempts to repair the same issue.
- The vehicle must have out of service for repair of the defect for 15 days or more.
For more information, please refer to our Lemon Law in Florida page.
Once your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, Florida's Lemon Law requires the manufacturer of the vehicle to EITHER:
- Replace your vehicle.
- Refund your money.
If the vehicle manufacturer refuses to replace your vehicle or give you a refund, you have a couple of options for arbitration:
- State-certified, manufacturer-sponsored arbitration.
- Visit the Attorney General's website for a full list.
- Arbitrations through the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board.
- You'll need to submit a Request for Arbitration (Form DLA/LL-005).
You can learn more about these options on our Lemon Law in Florida page. If you do choose this option, a lemon law attorney can help you make sure you present your case thoroughly and effectively.
When you set out to find an attorney in Florida, it's important to find one that is familiar with lemon law cases. Ask about his:
- Experience with lemon law arbitration and lawsuits.
- Track record and cases won.
- Opinion of your case.
What About Attorney Fees?
If attorney fees are preventing you from hiring a lawyer, something to keep in mind is if you're successful with your case, you might be able to recover your legal fees and any other expenses from the other party.
Be sure to discuss fees with your attorney before proceeding.