Lemon Law Attorney in
Magee, Mississippi

Chevrolet has recently recalled all 2017-2019 Bolt vehicles due to a risk of fire. Subaru of America has not only recalled but issued “do not drive” warnings on model year 2021 Impreza vehicles. The steering control arm could fail, resulting in loss of driver control.

These are just the most obvious of problems that sometimes afflict new vehicles, placing them into the “lemon” category. Other vehicles can arrive in the new owner’s possession with problems that can never be fixed correctly despite repeated attempts and visits to the dealer’s service department.

Like other states, Mississippi maintains a vehicle “lemon law” that protects consumers but also places some hurdles in the process of getting a lemon vehicle replaced with a normally functioning similar model or cash.

If you’ve been stuck with a lemon vehicle in or around Magee, Mississippi, contact Ware Law Firm, PLLC. The firm is proud to serve clients throughout the state, including the counties of Simpson, Smith, Jefferson, Davis, Covington, and Southern Rankin. Skilled lemon law attorneys will help you navigate the legal hoops and hurdles to seek vehicle repair or replacement.

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Mississippi’s Lemon Law

The first thing to remember about Mississippi’s lemon law is that it applies to any vehicle with an express warranty on it, so even used vehicles may be covered by the statute. 

However, the law covers only vehicles that are operated on public streets and highways to transport people and property, and not vehicles that run on tracks, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, and electric personal assistive mobility devices. Leased vehicles are not covered unless they are acquired through a lease purchase.

The law covers defects or malfunctions in a vehicle—which it labels “nonconformities”—that affect the use, market value, or safety of your vehicle. The nonconformity must fall within one of these three categories and cannot be the result of something you have done. The nonconforming problem must also be covered by the warranty.

The dealership where you purchased the vehicle must have a chance to fix the problem. If the dealer keeps the vehicle in its repair facility for 15 or more days (they don’t have to be consecutive days) or fails to repair the defect after three attempts, the lemon law kicks in.

Keep in mind that as the owner, you are constrained by certain time limits. Your lemon law claim must be made within one year after the expiration of the warranty or within 18 months after receiving the vehicle, whichever occurs first.

Informal Dispute Resolution Procedure

Under Mississippi’s lemon law, manufacturers are allowed to force consumers through an arbitration process before they can exercise their right to replacements or refunds. As a result, you cannot initiate a request for replacement/refund until 90 days after the dispute resolution process ends. However, this prior resort is not required if the manufacturer failed to notify the consumer of the availability of the informal dispute settlement procedure.

This requirement for mandatory arbitration is one of the reasons that The Center for Auto Safety ranks Mississippi’s lemon law as tied for 38th out of 51 nationwide lemon laws. The center also criticized the 20-cent-per-mile offset as encouraging “a manufacturer to delay taking back a lemon.”

Restitution Options

You must first notify the manufacturer in writing of the nonconformity or nonconformities affecting your vehicle, expressing your request for restitution. After all the other necessary steps have been taken – including giving the dealer a chance to repair the defect, going through arbitration, and meeting all statutory time limits – you can file a lawsuit.

If you prevail in your lemon law claim, you must be given a comparable replacement vehicle or offered a refund of the purchase price.

The consumer’s use charge is figured at 20 cents per mile driven. After that is deducted, manufacturers repurchasing a nonconforming vehicle must repay the full vehicle purchase price. That includes any taxes, registration, title and licensing fees, and any charges for accessories installed by the manufacturer. They must also repay all reasonably incurred collateral charges, including towing and replacement car rental costs.

Lemon Law Attorney in
Magee, Mississippi

Manufacturers can use a variety of loopholes to delay a settlement for your lemon law claim. Dealers are also notorious for giving customers the runaround when it comes to repairs. You may have a lemon as a vehicle and the law on your side, but you can be stuck in the middle of delaying tactics. The manufacturer may hope you get frustrated and just give up—but don’t let obstacles deter you. If you’re in or around Magee, Mississippi, or surrounding areas, contact Ware Law Firm, PLLC. An experienced lemon law attorney will listen to your story, assess what’s going on, and provide you with your options moving forward.