Just like with insurance settlements after a car accident, yes, you are allowed to try to handle lemon law claims yourself. However, insurance companies know that private citizens will often take the first low-ball offer they are given, and it’s the same thing with warranty companies and car manufacturers. When you have an attorney call or write a letter on your behalf, it shows that you mean business.
In addition to protecting you from intimidating automobile legal departments, a lemon law attorney will make sure you get the best possible settlement outcome for your situation. Plus, because lemon law attorneys deal with the same dealerships and manufacturers over and over again, they already know how to prepare and pursue claims. These details can make a huge difference in how soon you can be relieved of your lemon.
Let’s say a car manufacturer convinced you to go to arbitration regarding your claim. Arbitration can help to keep you out of court and have an objective third party help you reach a fair settlement with the dealership or manufacturer. You decide to bring in a lemon law attorney at this point to help with your legal strategy.
Unfortunately, if you go to court, the car manufacturer is responsible for paying your attorney fees if you win. In arbitration, you are not entitled to have your legal fees covered. There are legal “loopholes” like this everywhere, and you can bet the car manufacturer steered you towards arbitration for good reason—even if they lose, it’s still way cheaper for them. Contact an experienced lemon law attorney to avoid these traps.
There are plenty of lemon law attorneys to choose from. How do you pick? Here are a few questions that we recommend asking potential lemon law attorneys (because if you have a strong case, they will be standing in line to represent you):
The law requires that car manufacturers pay for the attorney fees of individuals who bring claims against them and win. This means most lemon law attorneys have no need to ask you for a retainer or send you a bill. By accepting your case, a lemon law attorney is basically telling you that your case is strong, which means Ford or Honda will be paying the bill. This type of attorney fee arrangement is standard for lawsuits.
Gather up your bill of sale, written warranty, and service records, then book a no-obligation document evaluation with the Lemon Law Lady today.