What Is the Lemon Law in Georgia?

The Georgia Motor Vehicle Warranty Rights Act, Georgia’s Lemon Law, entitles consumers to a refund or replacement after purchasing or leasing a defective vehicle, a “lemon.” If your vehicle is proven to be a lemon, the law also requires the vehicle’s manufacturer to pay your attorney’s fees and any other incidental costs you incur.

To qualify as a lemon, the vehicle must have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. A vehicle can also qualify simply by failing to meet the quality standards defined by its express warranty. In either case, the defect must persist after a reasonable number of repair attempts for the vehicle can be classified as a lemon.

Georgia’s Lemon Law applies to self-propelled vehicles that were purchased or leased new within the State of Georgia. The vehicle must be designed to transport people or property and be intended for use on public roads. Any vehicles that meet these requirements are protected under the law, except for the following:

  • Trucks weighing more than 12,000 lbs
  • Motorcycles
  • Golf Carts
  • Parts of motorhomes other than the vehicle and chassis

Although the Georgia requires consumers to jump through some hoops before they can file a Lemon Law claim with the courts, our attorneys will handle all procedural issues for you. And, if a lawsuit does become necessary, more than 99% of our cases settle before going to trial.

If you think you have a lemon, the sooner you take action, the more likely you are to succeed in making your case. So contact us today for a Free Case Review. Even after the review, we only charge for our services if we secure compensation for you, and the Lemon Law’s fee-shifting provisions allow us to bill the manufacturer when we win. Thus, the only thing you have to lose is your lemon.

Georgia Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What types of defects are covered by lemon laws?

Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the ...

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Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Every situation is unique and a defect that you might not ordinarily think is substantial, might very well be depending on how it affects you.

For instance, even something that is seemingly as minor as the illumination of a light on your dashboard might signify a larger problem. Or, something like a brake squeak might be substantial if it affects your use and enjoyment of the vehicle. And the federal Lemon Law applies to all warrantied defects, regardless of their effect on the vehicle.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a ‘lemon’?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...

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For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is different, there are some general things that hold true across the board. At the most basic level, the vehicle needs to have some type of defect or non-conformity. And under most state laws, the defect must be covered by a warranty and be reported to the manufacturer within a specific timeframe and mileage limit.

However, the defect alone does not classify your vehicle as a lemon. Usually, the manufacturer must try and fail to repair the defect multiple times before the vehicle earns that distinction.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a Lemon Law buyback?

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If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle and issue a refund. This is known as a Lemon Law buyback. The refund typically amounts to the full purchase price, with all taxes, fees, and financing charges, minus a usage fee.

The applicable state Lemon Law should define the maximum manufacturers can withhold as a usage fee. Many state lemon laws calculate the maximum usage fee based on the purchase price of the vehicle and the mileage driven before the first repair attempt. But every state is different. Thus, contacting a knowledgeable and experienced Lemon Law attorney is the most effective way to protect your rights.

How the Georgia Lemon Law Works

Filing a claim under the Georgia Lemon Law can be complicated if you’ve never done so. However, experienced attorneys, like those at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, make the process as simple as possible. And in approximately 99 percent of the time, we obtain a settlement for our clients without having to go to trial. But let’s walk through the whole process anyway.

After a reasonable number of attempts fail, you must submit a written request to the manufacturer for your choice of a replacement vehicle or a refund. We can do this on your behalf and often succeed in obtaining our clients’ desired outcomes by doing so. If the manufacturer doesn’t honor your request within 20 days, we take further action.

The next step is submitting a dispute with the manufacturer’s informal dispute settlement mechanism. If they fail to make a decision within 40 days or you’re dissatisfied with the decision, we move on to arbitration. And if the manufacturer has not established such a program and received certification for it from the Attorney General, we can skip directly to arbitration.

To bring your case to arbitration, we must file a written application with the Attorney General. If they deny the arbitration request, we have two opportunities to appeal the decision. Otherwise, they should schedule a hearing within 40 days of agreeing to arbitration. When that date comes, we’ll make your claim to the arbitrators, who rule in our favor for most cases and often award attorney fees and incidental damages in addition to a refund or replacement vehicle.

However, if the arbitrators side with the manufacturer, the final step would be to appeal the decision to the superior court. We have 30 days to do so after the arbitration hearing, but only a tiny fraction of our cases ever make it this far. We often settle our clients’ cases long before reaching this point.

As you can see, filing a Lemon Law claim can be a long and frustrating process. That’s why it’s essential to seek help from an experienced lemon law attorney to usher you through it.

How the Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® Can Help

Our team has successfully handled over 50,000 Lemon Law cases across the country. We will do everything that we can to obtain the maximum compensation you’re entitled to under the Georgia Lemon Law and/or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. We provide all of our potential clients with a free consultation to help them understand whether or not they have a case.

If you do have a case, we’ll help you compile the necessary paperwork to start the process and handle all of the necessary correspondence with the manufacturer, Attorney General, and arbitration boards. Plus, we use the fee-shifting provisions in state or federal Lemon Laws to charge the manufacturer for our services instead of you.

So if you think you have a lemon and want help from a team of experienced attorneys to defend your rights, reach out to us at (866) 388-8290 or here on our site.

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