Maryland Lemon Law Info – MD Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Maryland?

In the state of Maryland, 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 Are Covered Under the Maryland Lemon Law?

Maryland lemon law covers new and leased passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, trucks under 3/4 ton, and motorcycles that are registered in Maryland, as well as used cars that are sold by dealers within 15 months or 15,000 miles of the original purchase (whichever comes first). In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
  • Has defects that substantially impair the vehicle’s use, safety, or value
  • Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred during the first 2 years from the original owner’s delivery date or the first 18,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)
  • Has a brake or steering failure that was not corrected after the first repair attempt, and that causes the vehicle to fail Maryland’s safety inspection; or has any one problem that was not corrected in four repair attempts; or has any number of problems that have caused it to be out of service for a cumulative total of 30 days

Annotated Code of Maryland, Commercial Law sections 14-1501 through 14-1504 and sections 14-2001 through 14-2007 are the state’s lemon laws.

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Does the Maryland 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 MD Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Maryland Law

Maryland lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. First, you may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. Second, you may be given the opportunity to return the vehicle for a refund of the full purchase price, less a mileage deduction for the use of the vehicle (not to exceed 15 percent of the purchase price). In addition, if the court finds that the manufacturer acted in bad faith, the manufacturer may be ordered to pay you an additional amount, up to $10,000.

Pursuing a MD Lemon Law Claim

Under Maryland lemon law, you must notify the manufacturer in writing and ask for assistance with your lemon, but you don’t need to wait until there have been four repair attempts to do so. Your notification should be sent by certified mail, with a return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.

The manufacturer has 30 days from the time it receives your letter to fix the problem. If the defect isn’t repaired, your vehicle qualifies for Maryland’s lemon law, and the manufacturer is required to replace your vehicle or buy it back, whichever you prefer.

If the manufacturer refuses to buy back or replace your lemon, you can either use the manufacturer’s arbitration program (although you are not bound by its decision) or file a lawsuit in court.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Maryland

Wherever you are in the lemon law claim process, we’re happy to help. Whether you need help gathering the material documenting your lemon, submitting the final demand letter, negotiating a settlement, or appealing the arbitration decision, Lemberg Law will be at your side every step of the way.

Helping consumers is what we do. We’ve helped more than 15,000 people recover more than $35 million.

Remember that vehicle manufacturers have teams of lawyers that do nothing but fight lemon law claims. Lemon laws try to level playing field by forcing automakers to pay the consumer’s attorney fees in successful lemon law claims. That’s why our representation won’t cost you a dime.

There’s a limited window of opportunity for filing a lemon law claim. If you suspect you have a Maryland lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.

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 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 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.

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1 COMMENT
  • Benton E

    I will just tell you upfront that I have been in contact with another Law firm out of the state of Maryland. They have accepted the case and have sent me some forms to fill out as well as some other documentation to do with the sales receipt and the couple other things that I can’t think of at thiis time. They have however received the receipts that i’ve sent showing that the truck has been in to be serviced for the same problem 3 times. I see in your explanation and I also know and have been told that under the lemon Law criteria it has to be four times or over 30 days that don’t have to be consecutive. It meets that criteria and has been in for probably 40 the 45 days. I also have an issue with them not removing a mirror that I had them install the first or second time I had it in. They installed the mirror but then said that the mirror was creating a check engine light come on. Even with the truck having its non starting issues the check engine light had never been on previously. I was told I would have to have the mirror I supplied taken off in order to have the check engine light go off. I would then have to install a new ford OEM mirror. I told them why would I ever want to drive around in a truck that’s brand new with the check engine light on just to have my cheaper mirror left on. I said no and to remove it and go ahead and install the factory ford OEM mirror. They have now given me the truck back two times with the mirror left on. I did not inspect to see if the mirror was left on until after leaving. My life is completely unmanageable at the moment because of all this and the peak of my season consumes every second of my life. When I looked over at the mirror I did not hesitate to think that it was a new mirror however when I went to pay for the mirror and pick the truck up they said that there was no charge. I figured finally some customer service and they threw the new mirror in 2 help makeup for the nightmare I was going through. Approximately a few hours later I checked the mirror and saw that it did not say ford on it which meant they had left the old light on. However they said the only way to get the check engine light off was to get the mirror I supplied off. It had never been on previously and they blamed the light coming on because of the mirror. I just knew that there is a possibility the first time they were telling me about the mirror that they were blaming the check engine light coming on because of the mirror. My thought was the check engine light wasn’t coming on because of the mirror and that’s why they left it on which contradicts why the third time I had it in and left the check engine light was off therefore I didn’t think twice about whether or not they had taken the mirror off like I had asked one other previous time. However a few hours later or the next day the check engine light came on. I had said something before contacting a law firm that the reason I didn’t want the mirror on is because I wasn’t going to ride around in a truck with a check engine light on and secondly I did not want that passenger mirror to be blamed for sending some sort of faulty signal through the system creating the existing problem of the truck not starting. I do believe that I gave them a good excuse and something that they could use against me. However it contradicts what they told me in the beginning. There’s too much to this story for you to possibly follow. In short I just need to know what sets you apart from this other firm that has accepted the case because i’ve met all the criteria. There’s no doubt that ford will have to offer me some options. Why do I go with your Law firm instead of another Law firm. What’s in it for you guys? Besides being compensated buy ford what do you gain. The amount of stress that this has put on me and potential earned income is not something easily calculated however this is my first year in business for myself. My business is 100% legitimate which means I’m licensed and insured etc but driving around and a loaner truck half the size of my new 2018 f350 full size cab crew cab with a 9-foot bed is almost impossible. Also switching tools back and forth from the loaner to my truck in the amount of time that took plus looking and digging through things on the loaner truck and also missing little parts and pieces that would be in my utility body that type of stuff is also unmeasurable. This whole thing is unbelievable oh not to mention the loaner trucks had virginia plates on them. I was driving up on first-time customers with virginia tags and a truck what tools overflowing from it. It gave my company a completely unprofessional look and of course I ran up against items that were on my truck being serviced. I’d looked like one of those companies that comes in after a hurricane from out of state to overcharge you and rip you off and roll out and go to the next state with a hurricane. I don’t know if you understand that scenario or not regardless i’d looked completely unprofessional and the l loaner truck given to me by the dealership working on my truck which was not the dealership that sold me the truck. Century ford get to work they are located in mount airy and Bob bell ford and baltimore sold me the truck. That’s enough I doubt you read this whole thing. It all comes down to what do you do differently than the next guy before I sign any papers?

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