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When passing the state’s Lemon Law, the Mississippi Legislature recognized that purchasing a car is something momentous in your life, and you will bear serious consequences if the car is defective. The law’s intention is that the dealer resolves warranty complaints within a certain period of time, or else the consumer is entitled to legal relief.

Dealers often provide great service right up until the time of the sale. Once some dealers are paid, they do not want to provide you with any service after the sale. Oftentimes, their refusal to provide service extends to situations where they are legally obligated to do something. No matter what you do or say, the dealer may give you the runaround, if they even respond to you at all.

Your Protections When You Buy a Vehicle

Whenever you buy a new car, you get an express warranty on the material or workmanship and affirmations or promises that such material or workmanship is defect-free or will meet a specified level of performance over a specified period of time.

It does not matter that the dealer was not the one that made the car. The dealer must answer for what the manufacturer does because they sell the cars. It is up to the dealer and manufacturer to figure out who owes what to who.

Mississippi and Federal Lemon Laws

Mississippi’s Lemon Law protects you for 18 months from the date of purchase or delivery. During this time, if you report to the dealer that the car does not conform to all applicable express warranties, the dealer must make all necessary repairs to bring it into compliance with these warranties.

The dealer is not allowed to keep trying to fix the car to run out of the clock. If they make three unsuccessful attempts to repair the car or the vehicle is out of service for 15 or more days, the dealer must then replace the car or buy it back from you.

Your Remedies Under Lemon Laws

If the dealer does not repair the car and the defect affects the vehicle’s value, safety, or your use of the car, you have two primary legal options:

  • The dealer must give you a comparable car that is acceptable to you.
  • The dealer must buy the car back from you for the price that you paid for it minus some adjustments to reflect your ownership of the car.

In addition, you may also be paid your consequential damages from the defective car. For example, if you had to rent a car or take an Uber when your car was not working, the dealer may need to pay you for it.

You can also sue under a federal law that applies to automobile warranties. The Magnuson-Moss Act covers much of the same ground as the state Lemon Law and allows for the award of attorney’s fees.

Mississippi’s lemon laws clearly apply to new cars sold in the state. They may also apply to used cars, depending on whether they come with an express written warranty.

Why You Need a Mississippi Lemon Law Attorney

There are legal procedures that you must follow when you are taking action under lemon laws. You may need to go through an informal process with the dealer if they have one before you can take them to court. What is clear is that the dealer must stand behind the car that they sell and make good on their promises.

When you approach the dealer, you may be taken more seriously when you do it with a lawyer. Then, the dealer knows that you are both well informed about the law and mean business. If the dealer does not follow the law, your lawyer can take legal action to force them to comply in court.

Contact a Mississippi Lemon Law Attorney

Ware Law Firm knows how to deal with those who will not stand behind their products. We can help you avail yourself of the relief that is available to you under state and federal lemon laws when the dealer will not follow them. We do not let our clients get pushed around by dealers that are only interested in profits. To learn how we can help you, contact us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s Face It — You Have Questions.
How long does the dealer have to fix the car?

Once you drop the car off for repair, the dealer has ten days to repair the defect and return the car to you.

What happens if I make changes to the car?

You may not have the protection of lemon laws if you have made substantial changes or alterations to the car.

What if I had driven the car?

The allowance for your use of the car is .20 cents per mile. This amount comes off the purchase price that the dealer must refund to you when they take back the car.

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