Very few people are eager to turn to the legal system to resolve ongoing issues in their lives, because working with an attorney can feel like a hassle filled with uncertainty and tension. But all too often, this passive approach is exactly what powerful corporate defendants hope mistreated consumers will choose so that they are not held accountable for their defective products. Furthermore, if you have recently purchased a new or used car under warranty with a significant issue affecting the use, value, or safety of your car, and which the manufacturer has been unwilling or unable to remedy, you may have a large financial recovery waiting for you that you should not ignore (and you should also note you only have a limited period during which to begin pursuit of a lemon law claim, so hesitation only rewards car makers). Below, we take a quick look at what an average recovery in a Mississippi lemon law claim will include.
The Full Purchase Price of Your Car (Minus .20 Per Mile)
Under Mississippi lemon law, you are entitled to the full purchase price that you paid for your car or to receive a replacement vehicle (most consumers choose the repurchase price in order to fund the purchase of a more suitable vehicle). This purchase price will include the cost of any trade-in allowances that you received as part of your purchase deal as well, which further benefits you. The purchase price includes all modifications and features installed by the manufacturer or its authorized dealer, but not later modifications that you make on your own.
The manufacturer may reduce the award paid to you for your use of the car, as measured by miles you have put on the car. This reduction works out to 20 cents per mile. Thus, if you drove your car for 2,000 miles, your award can be reduced by $400 (2,000 x $.20 = $400).
Fees Associated With Your Car Purchase
The purchase price for your car is of course less than the total amount you spend when purchasing the car, and associated taxes and fees can all be recovered from the manufacturer in a successful lemon law claim, including:
- Sales tax
- Title fees
- Registration fees
- Dealer preparation fees
Costs Associated With Owning a Lemon
Finally, most owners with a lemon on their hands incur a variety of costs simply from having to deal with a car that does not work properly while still needing to get around. Mississippi lemon law considers these costs and, in a successful lemon law suit, the manufacturer will be required to reimburse you for:
- Towing costs
- The reasonable costs of securing a rental car while your car is unusable
An experienced lemon law attorney will walk you through exactly what costs are recoverable in your particular case, but, as the above indicates, lemon law claims frequently include recovery in the tens of thousands of dollars, making pursuit of a lemon law claim a worthwhile endeavor.
Experienced Legal Counsel in Your MS Lemon Law Suit
If you have an issue affecting the use, safety, or value of your recently purchased new or used car, you should speak with an experienced lemon law attorney as soon as possible to determine your best options for maximum recovery. At Herrington Law, we have successfully represented auto consumers across Mississippi in recovering the purchase price of their new and used cars plus additional expenses via lemon law claims. Contact us today to begin assessing and pursuing your lemon law claim as quickly as possible.