What Is the Lemon Law in Florida?

The Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act (Florida’s Lemon Law) forces manufacturers to provide consumers with a refund or replacement for defective vehicles. But before the consumer may qualify for a refund or replacement, the law provides manufacturers with opportunities to fix the vehicle.

When the manufacturer fails in these attempts, our Florida Lemon Law attorneys can help you collect the compensation you’re owed. We offer free case evaluations to all potential clients and only charge for our services if we win. Further, both state and federal lemon law require car manufacturers to pay for the consumer’s legal costs if the consumer prevails in a court of law.

So, if you have a lemon in Florida, call us today at (866) 388-8290 to let us fight for you.

What Does the Florida Lemon Law Cover?

Florida’s Lemon Law covers new passenger vehicles that were purchased or leased within the State of Florida. To qualify as a lemon, the vehicle must meet a handful of basic requirements:

  • The vehicle weighs less than 10,000 pounds
  • The vehicle is used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes
  • The vehicle has a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety
  • You report the defect within the “Lemon Law Rights Period”
  • The defect persists after a reasonable number of repair attempts

The Lemon Law Rights Period covers the first 24 months of ownership, starting on the date you take delivery of the motor vehicle. A “reasonable number of attempts” means:

  • You bring the vehicle to the dealer 3 times for a single issue covered by the warranty

OR

The vehicle is out of service for repairs at an authorized repair shop for at least 15 days because of an issue or issues covered by the warranty

  • Then, if these attempts fail, you provide written notice of the defect to the manufacturer via certified, registered, or express mail
  • Next, the manufacturer directs you to a reasonably accessible repair facility within 10 days of receiving your notice
  • Finally, you bring the vehicle to this repair facility, which has 10 days to complete repairs

Alternatively, if your vehicle is out of service for repair because of a defect covered by the warranty for 30 days or more, that alone may qualify as a reasonable number of repair attempts.

Florida Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How Much Time Do I Have to Pursue a Lemon Law Case in Florida?

The Florida Lemon Law protects consumers from lemons for two (2) years from the purchase or lease da...

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The Florida Lemon Law protects consumers from lemons for two (2) years from the purchase or lease date of a new motor vehicle. After this Lemon Law Rights Period, you have an additional sixty (60) days to file an arbitration request. Thus, you have 2 years and 2 months after purchasing or leasing a vehicle to file a Lemon Law claim in Florida.

Additionally, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act provides consumers in the State of Florida with five (5) years from the date the manufacturer breached its warranty. For lemon vehicles, this translates to 5 years from the first failed repair attempt.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How Do I Calculate a Refund Under the Florida Lemon Law?

The Florida Lemon Law guarantees consumers a replacement or a full refund for defective vehicles. Th...

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The Florida Lemon Law guarantees consumers a replacement or a full refund for defective vehicles. The refund must include sales tax, finance interest, trade-in allowances, and other costs you’ve paid or accrued for the vehicle, including incidentals. However, the law also includes a usage offset to make up for the mileage you put on the vehicle.

To calculate this offset, divide the vehicle’s base purchase price by 120,000 and multiply it by the number of miles you’d driven at the time of your first arbitration hearing.

So, if you paid $50,000 for a car (before taxes and fees) and drove it 10,000 miles, your usage would offset your refund by $4,166.67 ($50,000 ÷ 120,000 x 10,000).

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Why Should I Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer in Florida?

Simply put – to level the playing field! Car manufacturers have unlimited resources, which makes goi...

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Simply put – to level the playing field! Car manufacturers have unlimited resources, which makes going it alone very difficult. Retaining the experienced attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® is the best way to ensure a successful outcome. We only get paid if you do.

How to Collect What You’re Owed Under Florida’s Lemon Law

When your vehicle isn’t repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, you can request a replacement or a refund from the vehicle’s manufacturer. If they fail to provide either, arbitration is the next step – a process our firm will guide you through and represent you during the arbitration hearing.

To begin, many manufacturers sponsor their own state-certified arbitration, i.e., informal dispute resolution programs. If the manufacturer of your vehicle has one of these programs in place, you’ll need to file a claim with their program. Our firm will complete all of the paperwork for you and submit your claim for arbitration. This arbitration process is typically done through paperwork submission and does not require an actual hearing.

If you are dissatisfied with the results of the informal dispute resolution program, you have the right to reject the decision for whatever reason. We will counsel you on your rights and then advise you of the next step, which would be to apply for arbitration with the Florida Attorney General. In particular, Florida’s Office of the Attorney General administers an arbitration program of its own.

While the arbitration program may be complicated to people unfamiliar with the process, Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® has represented thousands of consumers in the State of Florida with Lemon Law claims. Don’t take this on by yourself.

Hiring a lemon law lawyer in Florida like the experienced team at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® is the easiest way to collect what you’re owed under Florida’s Lemon Law.

Call us today at (866) 388-8290 for a free case review so we can help you get the refund or replacement vehicle you deserve.

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