Lemon Law Attorneys in LouisianaPage OverviewSUMMARY: Lemon Law Attorneys in Louisiana
When you're going to purchase a new vehicle, what you're looking for is a good deal. What you're not looking for is a lemon, i.e., a car that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. This page will explain the factors that determine a vehicle is a lemon, how to initiate a complaint, why an attorney is a good idea, and how to find an attorney you can trust.
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.
When looking for an attorney in Louisiana, be sure to find one with lemon law experience.
During your interview, be sure to check the attorney's:
- Knowledge of the lemon law.
- Track record, education, and experience.
- Fee structure.
Finally, trust your gut. You want to find a lawyer you'll feel comfortable with to represent you.
What About Fees?
If you are apprehensive about hiring a lawyer due to legal fees, keep in mind if you win your case, you'll might be able to recover your legal fees and any other expenses from the vehicle manufacturer. For details, please consult your attorney.
When you're dealing with an automotive dealer or manufacturer, you'll want to make sure your case is on point. The best way to ensure you're properly prepared for a legal process is to hire a lawyer.
Benefits of hiring a lemon law law attorney include:
- Comprehensive legal knowledge – An experienced attorney will really understand the lemon law.
- Experience – An attorney that has dealt with lemon cases in the past will be better equipped to handle yours.
- Negotiating power – Having an attorney can help you compel the manufacturer to comply.
- Trusted advice – Your attorney can provide on the best ways to move forward.
In Louisiana, the Attorney General defines a lemon to be a new vehicle that has a defect that is significant enough to severely impair its use or market value. (This does not apply to newly leased or demonstrator vehicles, RVs, mobile homes or motorcycles.)
Your vehicle is considered a lemon if:
- It has undergone repairs with at least 4 attempts to repair the same issue within 1 year of the original vehicle delivery (or during the warranty period).
- It has been out of service for at least 45 days during the same period.
For more information, please refer to our Lemon Law in Louisiana page.
If the problem still exists after the reasonable attempts to repair it, the vehicle manufacturer will either need to:
- Replace the vehicle.
- Provide a full refund of the purchase price.
In order to obtain a refund or replacement vehicle, you must comply with the free mediation or arbitration procedures set up by the manufacturer to resolve issues.
Mediation and Arbitration
In a mediation session the manufacturer will attempt to satisfy you by trying to reach a settlement.
If you are unable to come to an agreement, both parties will proceed to the next step called arbitration.
During arbitration, an impartial third party will facilitate the process and then make a decision without involving any lawyers.
To prepare for your arbitration procedure, you should keep ALL correspondence from the dealer or manufacturer, including:
- Receipts for car maintenance/repairs.
- Letters from mechanics.
- Any additional maintenance records for the vehicle in question.
If neither mediation or arbitration work, consider filing a lemon lawsuit to recover your costs.
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