BMW is one of the most prestigious car brands in the world, known for high-performance engines, superior handling, and exquisite interiors. But even the most luxurious cars can experience mechanical issues. Thankfully, if you purchase or lease a defective BMW, the Lemon Law can help you secure a refund or replacement vehicle.
At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we’ve helped over 50,000 consumers collect compensation for their Lemons. If your BMW has an issue that persists after multiple trips to the repair shop, we can help you do the same. But the sooner you act the higher your chances of success.
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What Are Lemon Laws?
Lemon Laws protect consumers who purchase new or used vehicles with defects that affect their use, value, or safety. These laws require the car manufacturer to repair or replace such vehicles within a reasonable number of repair attempts. If they fail to do so, manufacturers must allow consumers to return the Lemon for their choice of a refund or replacement vehicle.
Each State has its own Lemon Law, which specifies the requirements for filing a claim, the process for resolution, and the available remedies. As an example, California’s Lemon Law, the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, is among the most consumer-friendly in the nation.
But don’t worry if your local Lemon Laws exclude your vehicle from compensation. In addition to State laws, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act serves as the federal Lemon Law. So, even if your BMW fails to meet the qualifications of a Lemon in your state, you still have options. In fact, the federal law provides more time to file a claim than any of the State Lemon Laws.
What Is a BMW Lemon Law Buyback?
If your BMW is determined to be a Lemon, you may choose to return the vehicle for a refund. This legal process is known as a BMW Lemon Law buyback.
The refund must include the full purchase price, including taxes, registration fees, and any additional costs related to the purchase. Such costs might include finance charges, dealer fees, and even vehicle rentals for times when the car was out of service.
However, manufacturers may deduct a portion of the refund to account for the time you drove the vehicle before issues arose. Thus, it’s in your best interest to bring the car in for repairs as soon as you notice an issue.
If your BMW is legally declared a Lemon, the buyback will also include your attorney’s fees in most states. These fee-shifting provisions allow consumers to hire experienced Lemon Law attorneys without paying anything out of pocket.
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Basic Requirements for BMW Lemon Law Cases
To qualify as a Lemon, your BMW must have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. The defect must also be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. So any issues that result from an accident will not be covered.
As soon as you notice the defect, bring it to an authorized service center (typically the dealership) for repairs. You must provide the manufacturer with a reasonable number of attempts to fix the issue before pursuing a Lemon Law case. And remember, bringing your BMW in for repairs immediately after its defect arises will qualify you for greater compensation.
You must provide BMW with a reasonable number of repair attempts before you can pursue a Lemon Law claim. However, each state has its own guidelines for what constitutes a “reasonable number” of repairs.
Generally, Lemon Laws provide multiple ways for consumers to satisfy this requirement. That said, four failed repair attempts should qualify a vehicle as a Lemon in any state. But if the defect has the potential to cause serious injuries, or worse, a single failed repair attempt may suffice. Similarly, vehicles that remain out of service for repairs for a total of 30 days or more will also qualify as Lemons in most cases.
Each state has its own limits on when these repair attempts must occur. However, the federal Lemon Law holds manufacturers accountable for the duration of their warranties. Thus, if BMW fails to repair any issue despite its obligation to do so under warranty, you have a legitimate case. But as we’ve said before, the sooner you take action, the better.
How Does the BMW Lemon Law Buyback Process Work?
The BMW Lemon Law buyback process can be time-consuming. But with a qualified Lemon law firm like Krohn & Moss, Ltd. in your corner, the process doesn’t need to consume your time. Here is a general overview of how the process works:
- Identify the problem: All BMW Lemon Law buybacks start with the consumer recognizing that their vehicle has a defect that should be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Seek Repairs: Once you’ve noticed an issue with your BMW, you’ll need to bring it to an authorized service center for repairs. No vehicle can be declared a Lemon without first providing the manufacturer a chance to repair it.
- Verify that the defect persists: Your BMW will only qualify as a Lemon if the manufacturer fails to repair its defects. For serious safety defects, reach out to a Lemon lawyer after a single failed repair. For other defects:
- Seek Additional Repairs: Each State’s Lemon Law has its own requirements about the number of repair attempts you must provide to manufacturers. But in almost all cases, four failed repair attempts will suffice. Check our State Lemon Law pages to learn more about your local laws.
- Contact an Attorney: After multiple failed repair attempts, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation. At Krohn & Moss, Ltd., we offer free case reviews. So you have nothing to lose by reaching out for help. The sooner you act, the greater your compensation could be.
- Accept or reject the compensation offer: Once you reach out to us for assistance with your defective Lemon, the hard part is over. Our firm will contact BMW to negotiate a settlement directly. If that fails, we can present your case for arbitration and, if necessary, file a claim with the courts.
We’re legally obligated to present you with any settlement offers we receive. And only you can decide whether or not to accept them. We will advise you as to the fairness of the offers, but the decision will be yours and yours alone.
Why Trust Krohn & Moss, Ltd. with Your Lemon of a BMW?
At Krohn & Moss, Ltd., each of our attorneys chose to commit themselves to helping the underdogs in consumer law cases. We know how intimidating it can feel to take on a massive international corporation. So we do everything we can to make the process as simple and painless as possible.
Plus, our track record speaks for itself. We settle more than 99% of the Lemon Law cases we handle before they make it to trial. And in each one of these cases, the consumer chooses to accept the settlement. Our other achievements include
- 25+ Years of Experience Turning “Lemons” into “Lemon-Aid”
- Over 50,000 Success Stories Nationwide
- Accomplished, Trustworthy Attorneys
- We Respond to All Inquiries within 24 Hours
- No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
- We Always Seek Maximum Compensation for Clients
If we take your case, we’re confident that we can get you paid. In fact, we’re so confident that we don’t get paid unless you do! And with the fee-shifting provisions in both the Federal and State Lemon Laws, our payment comes from the manufacturer, not you.
So, if you have a defective BMW vehicle, touch base with us today to see if you have a legitimate claim. Call or contact us online for a free consultation today!