Federal Lemon Law FAQ
Q: Is my vehicle covered by the federal lemon law?
A: To have a case under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, your vehicle must:
- Have had an unreasonable number of repair attempts, or
- Have been at the dealership for repair attempts an unreasonable length of time.
Contact Law Office of Bryan Brody if you believe that your vehicle qualifies.
Q: What vehicles are covered?
A: Almost any product is covered, including vehicles, as long as it was sold with a warranty within the last 4 years. If you vehicle is older than 4 years, contact Law Office of Bryan Brody to see if we can make the law work for you.
Q: Does the vehicle have to be purchased new?
A: No, unlike the Missouri lemon law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act applies to new and used vehicles.
Q: Do the repairs have to be for the “same nonconformity”?
A: No, unlike the Missouri lemon law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act asks only whether the repair history has been unreasonable. For example, 3 repeat repairs for the check engine light might be unreasonable, but 5 repairs for 5 different parts might also be unreasonable.
Q: If my case qualifies for the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, what can I demand from the manufacturer?
A: The manufacturer should pay the difference between what you actually paid for your vehicle, and what you would have paid, back at the time of purchase, if you had known then what you know now about your vehicle. You are allowed to keep the vehicle, with the title and warranty unaffected. Please contact Law Office of Bryan Brody for a more detailed explanation of this calculation.
Q: Who pays my attorney’s fees?
A: If you prevail, the Magnuson-Moss Act allows the consumer to recover attorney’s fees and costs, in addition to other damages. Contact Law Office of Bryan Brody for a full explanation of how we recover fees from manufacturers.
Q: What if I do not meet all the requirements for the Missouri lemon law?
A: Other laws, including the Uniform Commercial Code, might still apply. Please contact Law Office of Bryan Brody to learn more.
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