Most state consumer protection statutes provide for the recovery of reasonable Lemon
attorney’s fees directly from losing defendants when consumers prevail. Federal
Warranty Law can similarly provide for attorney’s fees for successful consumers.
Winning results mean that consumers pay nothing and can locate competent
attorneys who believe their case has merit(s).
Large retainer fees in advance are uncommon. However, some Lemon
Law attorney charge
clients the up-front costs associated with litigation. These costs can include
the cost of filing court documents and other costs related to the process of
litigation like investigations and expert fees. It is best to ask an lemon
law attorney about his/her policies before hiring.
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It is a good idea to gather all records having to do with your automobile
purchase/lease including the following:
- Retail Sales Installment Contact (RSIC)
- Loan documentation
- All repair invoices
- Technical Service Bulletins (TSB’s) you may have received by mail
- Written correspondence sent/received to/from manufacturer or dealer
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It is important for consumers to insist on receiving a repair ticket for
each service trip and stay organized! Keep this information in a file that can
be easily located. Attorneys often use this information to prove vehicle
defects, repair visits to dealer and other important information. If a
dealership refuses to give consumers repair invoices, attorneys can subpoena
them under court order. Some state Lemon Laws require dealers to provide repair
invoices for each service.
- Your lemon law attorney may ask that you not discuss your case with anyone outside
his/her office. This is good advice, since you could say something to someone
else that could adversely effect your best interests.
- Consult with an experienced lemon law attorney
before trading in a vehicle or speaking with a manufacturer to settle a claim.
- Consult with an experienced lemon law attorney before having an outside
repair shop perform repairs that may be covered under warranty. Sometimes
automobile manufacturers may claim repairs were inadequately performed, thereby
voiding warranty coverage.
- Take your vehicle to the dealership every time it needs service! Although
inconvenient and often a source of consumer frustration attorneys use this
information to build a record, especially when a minimum amount of visits or
days out of service may be required under law.
Information to help you choose a Lemon Law Attorney.