Lemon Law Attorneys in Virginia

SUMMARY: Lemon Law Attorneys

The Office of Consumer Affairs handles the Lemon Law in Virginia. This page will provide a general overview of how a vehicle is determined to be a lemon, the time limits for filing a claim, how to resolve your case, why you need an attorney, and information on how to find an attorney that specializes in lemon law issues.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

Lemon laws may seem cut and dry, but they can get complicated, especially if you've lost any paperwork or made any potentially damaging statements that could hurt you.

Lemon law attorneys can help you make sure you have what you need to prove your vehicle is a lemon and get the compensation you deserve. Benefits of hiring a lemon law lawyer include:

  • Knowledge of the law – Your attorney will understand the ins and outs of the lemon law.
  • Experience – Your attorney should have handled lemon law cases in the past, which will make them better equipped to deal with your case and sensitive to certain issues that can harm your case.
  • Trusted advice – Your attorney can explain the law to you and provide advice on how to move forward.
  • Negotiating power – You'll have more leverage with your manufacturer with an attorney by your side than you would on your own.

You may even find that a lemon law lawyer can help you in your informal dispute resolution. They can help you gather everything you need and present the most compelling case possible.

Is My Car a "Lemon"?

If you're reading this page then you probably bought a vehicle that's leaving a sour taste in your mouth. Here's the good news: if your new vehicle is determined to be a lemon, Virginia's Lemon Law requires the car manufacturer to EITHER:

  • Refund your money.
  • Replace your vehicle.

A vehicle will qualify as a lemon IF it has:

  • Undergone at least 3 attempts (unsuccessful) to repair the same issue/defect.
  • Been out of service due to the defect for over 30 days.

For more information, please refer to our Lemon Laws in VA page.

How Long Do I Have to Take Action?

Your term of protection under VA's lemon law is 18 months.

This means that if you have a vehicle you think is a lemon, you must take some action within 18 months of the vehicle's original delivery to you.

HOWEVER, if you've attempted informal dispute resolution and have NOT resolved the matter to your satisfaction, you have 12 months from the date of the manufacturer's final action in the dispute settlement (or the original period of 18 months, whichever is longer) to file a lawsuit.

Resolving My Case

If you've been unable to work with your manufacturer to get your vehicle repaired and the manufacturer is slow to help, you can either:

  • Try informal dispute resolution (a process in which both you and the manufacturer present your case to a neutral third party).
  • File a lawsuit.

In either scenario, a lemon law attorney can be a huge asset and ensure a successful outcome.

Tips for Hiring a Lemon Law Attorney

When you set out to find an attorney in Virginia, be sure it's one that is familiar with lemon law cases and knows all the details of the law.

Ask about her:

  • Track record.
  • Experience.
  • Knowledge of the lemon law.
  • Fees.
  • Education.

Finally, always remember to trust your instinct. If something bothers you when you interview the attorney, continue your search. You want someone you'll feel comfortable with as you pursue your case.

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