People complain about their defective cars all the time, and sometimes they file suit against the manufacturer that built their lemon. But what do they get when they win?

Good thing you asked me that. I’ve been doing this for 24 years and think I can summarize the answer for you pretty quickly. If you have a vehicle that meets your state’s lemon law (and all 50 states have got them), you are entitled to a buyback, a replacement vehicle or other cash compensation.

You won’t come out ahead - the laws are designed to make you whole. But there are nuances to this and it might help you to know what you could get should this ever happen to you.

You’ll also get your attorney fees and court costs paid by the manufacturer if you win. At least, that’s what it says in the podcast, the audio of which is here:


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 24 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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