Once you win a lemon lawsuit, you may be entitled to seek damages from the manufacturer or dealer. Depending on your state's lemon law, you might be able to receive several different types of relief.
This article will help you understand what to expect after winning a lemon law case.
A lemon lawsuit is a term used to describe legal action taken when a car buyer feels they have been misled or taken advantage of. Refunds are one of the possible outcomes of such lawsuits. The idea behind a refund is that the purchaser will be compensated for any money lost due to buying a car that was not as described or expected.
The amount refunded will depend on several factors, such as the length of time since purchase and the severity of any losses incurred. If the car breaks down quickly and has to be repeatedly repaired, then it is likely that the seller will offer a full refund. Alternatively, if the problem can be fixed immediately, the seller may only be willing to offer a partial refund of the purchase price.
Extended warranty is a common outcome of car lemon lawsuits. It is when the seller grants you an additional period of coverage that extends beyond the original warranty period. This coverage often includes repair costs, parts, and labor costs, or other supplemental benefits associated with the purchase or lease of the vehicle in question.
The purpose of an extended warranty is to give consumers who are not satisfied with their vehicle's performance additional protection as they attempt to resolve their disputes with car manufacturers.
For instance, if a plaintiff feels that their new car has mechanical issues right away, they may be able to use this form of coverage to get their car repaired without having to pay out-of-pocket expenses. The extra protection provided by these laws also incentivizes auto manufacturers to ensure that all vehicles meet industry standards for quality before a sale.
Legal Fee Reimbursement
Oftentimes, when a lawsuit is settled in a car lemon case, legal fee reimbursement is one possible outcome. This can mean the plaintiff will receive financial compensation for any attorney and court costs incurred in the legal proceedings.
The reimbursement amount may vary depending on the state's laws and how the case was resolved, but it will generally cover all expenses associated with bringing the lawsuit to court.
Manufacturers may also be required to reimburse the plaintiff's legal fees, even if a lawsuit was not brought to court and instead was mediated through arbitration. If this occurs, then it is likely that either side in the dispute or a third-party mediator will have assessed the total cost of legal services related to the dispute before determining who should foot the bill for fee reimbursement.
Reach out to a lemon lawyer near you to learn more.