Louisiana Lemon Law

Did you just buy a brand-new car, truck, SUV, motorcycle or personal watercraft that turned out to be a “lemon”? Technically speaking, a “lemon” vehicle is one with defects or nonconformities that has not been repaired despite the manufacturer having been provided with a reasonable number of attempts to do so. Non-technically speaking, that means you have made a major purchase and now have a financial and likely emotional disaster on your hands.

There is, however, a way out of this situation, because the State of Louisiana has enacted a Lemon Law to supplement the consumer protections afforded by federal law. The Louisiana Lemon Law covers all “personal use” motor vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. The law provides that the owner or lessee of a motor vehicle may seek a refund or replacement vehicle if the manufacturer fails to repair nonconformities in the vehicle that substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value or safety. Moreover, the owner or lessee of these personal use motor vehicles must only provide the manufacturer with a reasonable number of attempts to repair. According to the plain language of the law, a consumer must only give the manufacturer four (4) times or forty-five (45) days to repair these nonconformities for the motor vehicle to be considered a “lemon”. Some examples of motor vehicles that are covered by the Lemon Law in Louisiana include:

  • All passenger cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, vans, and SUV’s purchased in the State of Louisiana that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
  • Personal Watercraft and ATV’s that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
  • The chassis and drive train of Motorhomes sold in Louisiana

To pursue a legal claim, you must first contact the vehicle manufacturer to report the problem and to give the manufacturer an opportunity to perform a final repair on the vehicle. You should keep all receipts during this process. You must also go through a free non-binding arbitration process so long as the manufacturer operates such a program in the State of Louisiana and the program substantially complies with federal regulations. However, rather than attempting to go it alone, it is important that you retain an experienced Lemon Law attorney who may properly advise you on your rights and who may counsel you on what course of action to take. Therefore, if your car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle or personal watercraft has not been repaired, contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. With over 45,000 cases handled nationally, we have the experience to determine if your case qualifies for relief under the Lemon Law in the State of Louisiana. We will review your case without charge, and nearly all of our cases are settled without a trial. We also work to get your case settled as quickly as possible. Further, we stay on top of the latest legal developments regarding lemon vehicles so that we may get the best results possible for your case.

As experienced attorneys, we understand the stress of having to deal with a defective vehicle, especially if it is used to get you to and from work or other necessary transportation. Finally, we understand the importance of having a reliable and safe vehicle so that you do not worry about the safety of your friends and loved ones when you get behind the wheel. Let us help you to remove the “lemon” from your driveway. Let a Louisiana Lemon Law attorney help you to get safely back on the road.

Louisiana 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?

If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle ...

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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.

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