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
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.