White Plains, New York, Lemon Law Lawyer
New York's Lemon Law (General Business Law §198-a) is intended to protect consumers from car dealers who are willing to sell defective cars to customers. While each case is different, in general, a "lemon" refers to a new car that will not function properly due to a defect. In the State of New York, a manufacturer or warrantor must try to repair and rid the car of its defect during the first 18 thousand miles or two years of the car's use. Additionally, under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a warrantor must attempt repairs at least 3 or 4 times or refund the full value of the car to the owner. At the Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish, we work with expert mechanics, design engineers, and other experts if necessary in preparing our client's case.
A car represents a substantial investment. In making that investment, you are entitled to a properly functioning car that does not cost you the time and money involved in constantly getting it fixed. If you think you are entitled to damages under New York's Lemon Law, contact personal injury lawyer Daniel A. Kalish today to schedule a free consultation.
How do I know if I have a Case?
If the dealer or your mechanic can't seem to fix the car, keep a copy of all repairs and receipts associated with each trip to the garage. If any parts are involved, ask your mechanic to give you the replaced parts. If you have been stuck with a "lemon", each time you take your car in for repairs, ask for an itemized bill, including any charges for labor. If your garage or dealer is unwilling to give you a copy of repairs involving your car, Mr. Kalish can request the information during the discovery phase of your case. Using car repair history information and input from expert mechanics, we can also determine if dealer misconduct is involved. It is helpful if you keep a record of all communications with and visits to the dealer and mechanic.
Settling Lemon Law Cases
Most Lemon Law cases are settled through arbitration. This can save you both time and money. However, if your case proceeds to trial, attorney's fees are recoverable in successful cases.
If you have questions about New York's Lemon Law and whether you might have a case, contact Lemon Law attorney Daniel A. Kalish today.