Florida Lemon Law Arbitration
Nothing beats the feeling of buying a brand-new car. Whether it happens to be the car of your dreams that you’ve saved up years for, or even just a car you’ll be using to get from point a to point b for the next few years – there’s just something intoxicating about it – everything from that new car smell, and the feel of the seats, to the way the engine seems to purr when you give it some gas. And whether it is a brand new sports car, or just something nice to get to and from work, buying any car is a huge financial decision – likely the second most expensive thing you’ll buy in your lifetime, aside from maybe an even newer car and a house or condo, if you ever choose to become a homeowner. And because it is such a huge decision and one that can have countless implications on your finances, its vital that you do your absolute best to care for that car the best you can – from regular maintenance, and oil changes, to fixing body damage and inner engine and mechanical issues. But what happens when one of the mechanical issues just doesn’t seem to get any better, no matter how hard you might try and how many mechanics you have gone to take a look. Despite your vehicle being completely brand new, according to Mr. Steven Veinger, the Best Lemon Law Lawyer In Miami, you unfortunately might be the victim of a lemon – easily one of the most soul crushing things to hear as a new car owner. A lemon, as it is known in the car world, is a car that simply doesn’t run the way it is supposed to and has a specific defect that prevents it from functioning the way it is supposed to. This is where the Florida lemon law comes in, in an effort to protect consumes who have just recently purchased a brand-new car, only to discover that it has a defect that no matter how hard they might try, isn’t getting fixed. Learn more about the Florida lemon law below.
What Qualifies as a Lemon?
The thing we must first understand that the lemon law is a federal method to protect those individuals who have unfortunately purchased a lemon – in a way that allows them to either get a full refund for the purchase price they paid, or have the manufacturer get the car in full working order. However, according to Mr. Veinger, the best lemon law lawyer in Miami, your car must first qualify as a lemon. for a vehicle to be considered a lemon, the car must 1) have a “substantial defect,” covered by warranty, that occurs within a certain time after purchase, and 2) continue to have the defect after a “reasonable number” of repair attempts. According to the best lemon law lawyer in Miami, Mr. Veinger, this reasonable number of attempts differs for each state, but in the state of Florida lemon law dictates that if the vehicle has been back to the service agent for repair of the same recurring problem at least three times, the consumer must give written notification by certified, registered or express mail, to the manufacturer (not the dealer) to afford a final opportunity to repair the vehicle. Then, the manufacturer has 10 days to direct the consumer to a reasonably accessible repair facility, and then up to 10 days from delivery of the vehicle to fix it. The fact is that while this process exists, and can in the long run, help a consumer who has unknowingly purchased a lemon – according to Mr. Veinger, the Top Lemon Law Lawyer Boca Raton has to offer, the process can often cause an individual a huge headache and inconvenience to actually have the manufacturers honor their legal obligations. Meaning that, if the manufacturer has failed to correct one or more nonconformities (defects) within a reasonable number of attempts but does not provide a refund or a replacement vehicle, consumers may have to now invoke their rights through arbitration.
According to Mr. Veinger, the top lemon law lawyer Boca Raton has in practice, while the arbitration process is a free, out of court process, it can be a long and drawn out process, for the consumer to get the justice they deserve. This is why, throughout the entire lemon law process, you need an experienced attorney on your side such as Mr. Veinger, who many consider to be the top lemon law lawyer Boca Raton clients can turn to in order to get the justice they deserve. Arbitration is a process in which either a panel or a single arbitrator analyze both sides of the dispute and reach a decision about what remedy to award you. Depending on state law, either the manufacturer will choose or you may select a state consumer protection agency program (although this option is becoming rare). If you have the option of choosing, the state program is preferable because they are less likely to be influenced by the manufacturer. Arbitration decisions in most states are binding upon the manufacturer but appealable in court by the consumer. In other words, if you don’t like the arbitrator’s decision, you can to sue the manufacturer in court if you wish. On the other hand, if you decide to accept the arbitrator’s ruling, the manufacturer cannot appeal and that is the end of the case. The best thing you can do as the consumer is to bring every single piece of evidence possible, as the more evidence you have to show the number of times you attempted repair and how much of a headache you have gone through, the arbitration is much more likely to go in your favor. In addition to all your receipts, phone call records and recordings if you have, also your lawyer may also bring ads in which the manufacturers speak on the reliability or performance of their vehicle – when that is just the opposite of your experience with it. The thing to understand is that lemon law is a painstaking process when you are working against a manufacturer that is doing the best, they can not to pay you, but with the help of a quality attorney like Mr. Veinger, you are sure to come out on top. For more information on lemon law or to schedule a consult, contact him today.