Louisiana Lemon Law
If you have a defective vehicle, you should fight back. The manufacturer has a duty to repair your vehicle, or to replace it if your vehicle can’t be fixed. Here’s a quick summary of Louisiana lemon law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: No
Business vehicles: No
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 1 year
What is a Lemon Car Under Louisiana Lemon Law?
Louisiana lemon law covers leased and new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 10,000 pounds, as well as the chassis and drive train of motor homes (RVs). It also covers used vehicles that are still covered under the manufacturer’s express warranty. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:
- Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
- Has substantial defects affecting the use or value of the vehicle
- Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred and are reported during the warranty period or the first 12 months from the delivery date (whichever comes first)
- Has been taken in four times for the same defect; or has been out of service for a cumulative total of 45 calendar days within first 12 months form the delivery day, or been out of service for a cumulative total of 90 days during the warranty period
- It is used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes
Louisiana Revised Statutes Sections 51:1941-1949 50-645 is the state’s lemon law.s.
Getting Lemon Justice: Louisiana Lemon Law Relief
Louisiana lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. You may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model, or receive a refund. A refund can include:
- The full purchase price of the vehicle
- Finance charges
- Sales tax
- License and registration fees
The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle.
Pursuing an LA Lemon Law Claim
If you want to pursue a claim under Louisiana lemon law, you first participate in the manufacturer’s information dispute resolution process, if one exists. You start by sending the manufacturer a demand letter via certified mail, with a return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.
If the manufacturer does not have an information dispute resolution mechanism, or if you do not agree with the outcome, you can sue in court.
How We Can Help
Wherever you are in the lemon law claim process, we’re happy to help. Whether you need help gathering the material documenting your lemon, submitting the final demand letter, negotiating a settlement, or appealing the arbitration decision, Lemberg Law will be at your side every step of the way.
Helping consumers is what we do. We’ve helped more than 12,000 people recover more than $35 million. You can read more about us here.
Remember that vehicle manufacturers have teams of lawyers that do nothing but fight lemon law claims. Lemon laws try to level playing field by forcing automakers to pay the consumer’s attorney fees in successful lemon law claims. That’s why our representation won’t cost you a dime.
There’s a limited window of opportunity for filing a lemon law claim. If you suspect you have a Louisiana lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.