Over the last 24 years of representing people who have bought defective cars, I have heard every justification possible for why my clients have no right to be upset. Some excuses are absurd but that doesn’t stop sellers from using them.

I do a lot of lemon law cases and you’d think that was pretty straight forward, right? The vehicle has been in for repair X number of times and still isn’t fixed? How hard can this be?

Along the way I have also handled a few claims involving other kinds of automobile sales and have heard ever excuse imaginable. The remarkable thing is that some of the crazier ones have been raised more than once. How many times can defense attorneys tell me that my client is suffering from “buyer’s remorse,” and not simply pissed off because the car keeps breaking down?

Kick back and listen (or watch) the nonsense you may hear if you ever complain about a defective car you’ve bought.


Here is this week’s audio:


And the video:

And the vehicle at the top? I’m sure it ran when parked . . .

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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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