Georgia Lemon Law Info – GA Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Georgia?

In the state of Georgia, if your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, you are entitled to a refund of your money minus a deduction for mileage from the mileage at the first repair, and the manufacturer also pays off your loan, and you return the vehicle to the manufacturer. Or in the alternative, you’re entitled to a replacement vehicle. You’d be entitled to a new vehicle in place of your current vehicle, and there’s also the possibility of cash compensation where you keep your vehicle. In all of those instances, the manufacturer’s required to pay the attorney’s fees as well.

What Vehicles Does the Georgia Lemon Law Cover?

Georgia Lemon Law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 10,000 pounds, as well as the motorized portions of RVs and demonstrators that are sold as new motor vehicles with a manufacturer’s warranties that are purchased or leased in Georgia. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
  • Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety or value of the vehicle
  • Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred during the first year from the delivery date or 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first)
  • Has been taken in for repair during the first year from the delivery date or 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first), and has been taken in for subsequent repairs within 24 months or 24,000 miles of the date of the first repair attempt
  • Has been taken in one time for a serious defect in the brakes or steering system, two times for another life-threatening defect, or the vehicle has been out of service for a total of 30 calendar days (15 of them within one year or 12,000 miles) or taken in three times for the same defect
  • After the dealer has tried to repair the vehicle the required number of times, you have notified the manufacturer via certified mail and the manufacturer has had the opportunity to make a final repair attempt
  • The vehicle is owned or leased by the original owner or lessee
  • The vehicle is used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes; or, the vehicle is owned or leased by a business that owns or leases only one or two vehicles, has ten or fewer employees, and has an annual net income of $100,000 or less

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Does the Georgia Lemon Law apply to used cars?

Typically, a vehicle that is purchased used may still qualify as a lemon if it was purchased and the problems occurred while the vehicle was still under the manufacturers new car warranty or possibly covered by a certified pre-owned warranty or extended warranty. Finally, it should be noted that a used vehicle that is purchased as is and without a warranty cannot qualify as a lemon under the GA Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Georgia Lemon Law

Georgia Lemon Law provides several options for a successful Lemon Law claimant. First, it may award the claimant a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. You may also qualify for a refund, which can include:

  • The purchase price (the amount you agreed to pay before taxes were added and any trade-in value or down payment subtracted)
  • Collateral charges (including, but not limited to, sales tax and other government charges, dealer charges, dealer-installed items, extended warranty, and all interest you paid on the vehicle loan)
  • Incidental costs associated with repairing the vehicle, such as towing, alternate transportation, and repair charges
  • Attorney’s fees

The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle, which is calculated by multiplying the purchase price by the mileage at the time you sent the 30-Day Demand Letter and dividing that amount by 100,000.

Can I file a lawsuit right away?

If a manufacturer has a certified arbitration program, it requires consumers to enter such programs to resolve disputes. Is there is no such program in place, they can file a lawsuit right away. The Attorney General also has an binding arbitration system for resolution of Lemon Law Claims. Arbitrators have the authority to award attorneys fees to attorneys representing consumers.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Georgia

Most vehicle manufacturers follow the principle of “No lawyer, no money.” In other words, they count on being able to outmaneuver the consumer who hasn’t retained a Lemon Law attorney. While Georgia Lemon Law requires consumers to participate in BBB Auto Line dispute resolution processes (if the manufacturer is a participant in the program) or state-operated arbitration, you’ll only be on equal footing if you have an advocate at your side. A lemon lawyer can present your case to the arbitrator or go to court and can call and question witnesses. His or her expertise enables your attorney to easily dispute the manufacturer’s testimony.

But perhaps the most important reason to hire a Lemon Law lawyer is that it sends a clear signal to the manufacturer that you are serious about your claim and are willing to sue them in order to get justice. Vehicle manufacturers have powerful legal teams that are adept at avoiding or stalling Lemon Law claims. They often only obey the law when faced with the threat of a lawsuit by Lemon Law experts. When they are, they usually settle very quickly, since they know that the cost of going to court will be much higher. For these reasons, it’s in your best interest to have an advocate who knows the law and works on your behalf.

Keep in mind that, if you go to court, you shouldn’t have to pay a lemon lawyer to handle your Lemon Law case. That’s because the law says that the manufacturer is responsible for paying the consumer’s attorney’s fees in successful Lemon Law claims.

What Happens When You Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer?

A good lemon lawyer will work on your behalf to get the compensation to which you’re entitled. Typically, it will be in the form of a refund, a replacement vehicle, or a cash settlement. Your Lemon Law attorney will ask you for all of your records, such as repair orders and correspondence, that pertain to your lemon. Your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of your vehicle’s repair history. Then, they will present the manufacturer with a statement outlining your case and demanding full recovery. More often than not, the manufacturer will settle. If not, though, your Lemon Law attorney should be prepared to sue the manufacturer. Your lawyer should be able to resolve your case within one to two months.

Georgia Lemon Law FAQs

Does Georgia Lemon Law Cover Leased Vehicles? 

Yes! Georgia Lemon Law covers vehicles that were leased, purchased, or registered in the state. If you leased a Lemon from a GA dealer, you may be entitled to compensation by the manufacturer.

Does the Lemon Law in Georgia Apply to Private Sales?

Unfortunately, the Lemon Law in Georgia does not apply to vehicles purchased through private sales. Georgia Lemon Law only specifically covers new cars purchased or leased with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Are Appliances Covered Under Georgia Lemon Law? 

Georgia Lemon Law does not cover appliances. The law only specifically refers to vehicles. However, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the “federal lemon law,” can still protect those who have purchased Lemon appliances in Georgia.

Why won’t the dealer or carmaker just refund or replace my vehicle if they know Lemon Law exists?

It would be amazing if dealers and manufacturers easily recognized their mistakes and fairly compensated Lemon buyers without a hassle. However, they usually try to avoid refunding and replacing Lemons without legal intervention. It costs them time and money to deal with Lemons that they often don’t want to spend. So, they use delay tactics and alternative “resolution mechanisms” to avoid fixing the problem until the Lemon Law period expires. States passed Lemon Laws for these reasons in the first place!

Your Lemon Law Legal Rights

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  • Nicole R

    Bought car a mth and a half ago. Already had a major issue with my brand new van. Came in and was told it needed an update. Done. Then the next day dvd screen stopped completely and crackling was heard thru out van. Show backup. They call the engineer of honda. Says oh it just needs a new blue ray. They get my car and keep it for a wk. Come to find out they stripped my car to the metal inside to put a new complete computer system in. By the way there us one honest advisor there and it wasnt mine. He said there are pics of my car being stripped to metal. But if u talk to them they have an excuse for it all and they never took it to metal. I trust the guy who told me otherwise. Get car come back in an hr bc door wont work. Fixed. That night stranded bc fuel lid wont open and on empty with 3 kids. They didnt know how to open and told me to break. Fine. Back in rental again. Get car. Fuel lid not fixed back in rental. Then dvd casing broken back at shop to get fixed. Visor broken and hook for trash bag broken. Looking now over car thoroughly and see alot broken. It’s an 2 hr round trip and time out of my day. Car should have never been taken apart to this extreme without going back to honda. I have been told my honda mall of ga to claim as a lemon. Tried talking to gm but of course never get him. You would think by now they would trade put van and send to Honda. Was offered to swap cars but then got phone call saying that I would have to take depreciation hit. I would have to pit 500 down and pay 50 a mth more. No thank you. Will hire a lawyer start lemon complaint after they fix these issues and go to media about vam. I have never heard of so many excuses and how reliable my car is. It’s a lie. I have had 4 rentals and 3 wks without my car. Got car back and guess what doing exact same thing it was before. Definitely going to media and lawyer .

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