If you purchased a new or used car under warranty in the past year in Mississippi and the car is simply not working out like you expected or hoped, then you should consider your options under Mississippi lemon law. Working with a lawyer to bring your lemon law claim can help increase your chances of a successful recovery, as car manufacturers (the ones responsible for providing you with a financial remedy under the law) employ teams of attorneys whose primary day-in, day-out goal is doing everything they can to limit the manufacturer's liability by seeking to defeat lemon law claims like yours. Thus, having an attorney on your side who can go toe-to-toe with the manufacturer to make sure you get the recovery you are owed is often key to full recovery. But when should you call an attorney about your lemon law claim?
You Must Make Reasonable Attempts to Let the Manufacturer Fix the Car
To bring a successful claim under Mississippi lemon law, the car must still be under a manufacturer's warranty (which can apply whether the car is new or used) and there must be a problem affecting the use, safety, or market value of the car. The law does not specify what types of problems those might be, thus any number of problems might apply so long as you the owner or a third party did not create the problem such as through an accident.
That said, before you can bring a successful lemon law claim, you do need to give the manufacturer a “reasonable number of attempts” to fix the car. There is no specific minimum number of attempts that must be given, but the law presumes that three attempts is sufficient, or where the car has been out of service for 15 days in the first year of ownership due to the problem. Thus, while you should feel free to contact an attorney at any point in the process, understand that giving the manufacturer the chance to fix the problem is a prerequisite to pursuing a claim.
You Only Have a Year to Bring Your Lemon Law Claim
Perhaps the most important fact for Mississippi auto consumers to understand about lemon law is that you only have one year from the delivery of your new or used car to bring your lemon law claim. Once the year is up, your chance for full recovery may be lost.
Thus, you should consider reaching out to a lemon law attorney as soon as possible during the process of considering a lemon law claim – even if you are unsure you have met all the requirements for bringing a claim – to ensure that your attorney has the time and opportunity to bring a successful claim on your behalf to win the recovery you deserve under the law.
Bringing Your Mississippi Lemon Law Case
At Herrington Law, we have successfully represented auto consumers across Mississippi in recovering the purchase price of their new and used cars, and are committed to winning justice for auto consumers who've suffered losses through no fault of their own. Contact us today to begin assessing and pursuing your lemon law claim as quickly as possible.