Has your vehicle turned out to be a lemon?
If so, you should take advantage of the Florida Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act, Fla. Stat. Chapter 681, commonly known as the “Florida Lemon Law.” The Florida Lemon Law provides an effective means of recourse for individuals who have unwittingly purchased a defective vehicle. Contact Krohn & Moss Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® to find out if you qualify for some form of relief under the Florida Lemon Law.
Per the Florida Lemon Law, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle if your new vehicle has not provided you with reliable transportation.
In 1983, the Florida Legislature enacted the Lemon Law that makes car manufacturers responsible for:
- Replacing a defective vehicle, or
- Refunding a consumer’s money with the choice being up to the consumer
The Legislature also established Arbitration Boards located throughout the State of Florida to hear and resolve consumers’ complaints about their vehicles. Once a claim is filed with the Florida Attorney General:
- An arbitration hearing, which is typically 2 hours long, will be schedule in front of a 3 member Arbitration Board
- The Board will render its decision within 60 calendar days of the date your request for arbitration was approved
- If the Board's decision is in your favor, the manufacturer has 40 calendar days to refund the purchase price of your vehicle or replace the vehicle, whichever option you elect
- If you elect a refund, you may recover the vehicle’s purchase price plus collateral and incidental expenses, such as sales tax, finance interest charges, registration fees, and the cost of any accessories added to the vehicle
- If you elect a replacement, the manufacturer will be required to replace your vehicle with a replacement of your choice up to 105 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the vehicle you are replacing
In either case, there will be a reasonable charge to you for your usage of the vehicle based on the purchase price of your vehicle and miles driven. Should the consumer be unsatisfied with the Arbitration Board’s decision, the consumer may appeal the decision to a court of law wherein the consumer may recover attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing the claim.*
The Florida Lemon Law applies to:
- New or "demo" motor vehicles
- Vehicles purchased or leased in Florida primarily for personal use
- Vehicles with manufacturing defects or non-conformities that substantially impair the vehicle's use, value, or safety
You may qualify for relief under the Florida Lemon Law if during your first 2 years of ownership:
- You provided the manufacturer, through its dealers, with at least 3 opportunities to repair a defect or non-conformity in your vehicle that substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety; or
- Your vehicle was out of service for 15 more days
The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® will counsel you on how to pursue a Lemon Law claim.
Our attorneys will counsel you on your rights under the Florida Lemon Law and will advise you of all steps that must be taken to put yourself in the best possible position to get the vehicle’s manufacturer to take back your sour lemon. If you have already provided the manufacturer, through its dealers, with either 3 or more attempts to repair your vehicle, or your vehicle has been out of service for 15 or more days, contact the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. We will provide you with guidance and advice before you attempt to navigate the arbitration program of the Florida Attorney General yourself. Our attorneys will help you to do the following:
- Provide proper written notice to the vehicle’s manufacturer of the problems with your vehicle
- Coordinate any final repairs that may be necessary for your vehicle
- Complete any necessary paperwork to apply for arbitration
- Counsel you on your rights and properly prepare you for the arbitration hearing
- We will appear with you at the arbitration hearing and we will argue your case against the car manufacturer’s attorney or representative
- Appeal an adverse decision from the Lemon Law Arbitration Board within the strict 30 day period that is provided for an appeal
- And most importantly, we will stand by you every step of the way in an effort to help you to get rid of your sour lemon vehicle
If you are ready for help in pursuing your potential lemon law case and want to get rid of your lemon car then call 1-800-USLEMON® (800-875-3666) to reach Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a Free Case Review at no cost or obligation to you.
* If you are awarded a repurchase of your vehicle or a replacement through settlement or arbitration that does not include a provision for payment of attorneys’ fees, you may be required to pay for the attorneys’ fees incurred should you accept such an award.