Michigan Lemon Law Information
The Michigan Lemon Law applies when, during the first two (2) years (with restrictions - see below) following delivery of a new vehicle:
- the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem four (4) or more times, with the first repair attempt occuring during the first year, or
- the vehicle has been out of service for repairs at the dealership for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days occuring during the first year.
You should provide the manufacturer with a "last chance letter" (certified mail, return receipt), preferrably before the 4th repair attempt or before the expiration of the 30-day period.
If the manufacturer warranty requires that you enter into a mediation process, and that mediation process conforms to Federal Trade Commission regulations (many do not), you must go through that first before filing a lawsuit. The outcome of the mediation process is never binding for the consumer - if you are unhappy with the outcome, you may always file a lawsuit afterward.Michigan Lemon Law information from the Attorney General's Office » Michigan Lemon Law Statute, Chapter 257, Act 87 of 1986 »
Recommended Michigan Lemon Law Attorneys
KAHN & ASSOCIATES, L.L.C. is a growing consumer law firm dedicated to providing legal counsel to consumers. The firm was founded in 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio to provide legal services to individuals who purchased defective new motor vehicles (a.k.a. Lemons). Since that time, Kahn & Associates, L.L.C. has continued to expand. Our firm has the distinction of successfully handling the first and only Ohio Lemon Law case to reach the Supreme Court of Ohio, Royster v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (2001), 92 Ohio St.3d 327, case No. 00-1076.
Helpful Lemon Law Tips
Most states require you to notify the dealer and the manufacturer that you have a Lemon Law claim. Always use Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
If the manufacturer has an informal mediation or dispute resolution process, most states require you to do that first before pursuing litigation. However, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Most lawyers will not charge you for an initial consultation or legal fees for Lemon Law arbitration. If they decide you have a case, normally the manufacturer is forced to pay your legal costs.