Missouri Lemon Law
A new car is one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s heart-wrenching to realize that you’ve purchased a lemon. Missouri lemon law may be able to help. Here’s a summary of the law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: No
Business vehicles: No
Leased vehicles: No
Lemon law period: 1 year
What is a Lemon Car Under Missouri Lemon Law?
Missouri lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks that are purchased in Missouri and that have not been previously registered or titled. It also covers demonstrators and lease-purchase vehicles that have not been previously registered or titled, as well as the chassis of an RV. 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, safety, or value of the vehicle
- Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred during the first year from the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty (whichever period ends first)
- Has been taken in four times for the same problem or has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 business days
- The manufacturer or dealer has been notified in writing of the defect and has been given a final opportunity to repair it
- The owner has participated in the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution process
- Is driven primarily for personal, family, or household purposes
Missouri Statutes, Section 407.560 is the state’s lemon law.
Getting Lemon Justice: Missouri Lemon Law Relief
Missouri lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. First, you may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. You may also qualify for a monetary award, which can include:
- The full purchase price
- Sales tax
- License fees
- Registration fees
- Title fees
- Motor vehicle inspections
- Attorney’s fees
The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle.
Pursuing a MO Lemon Law Claim
If you want to pursue a claim under Missouri’s lemon law, you must first send a notification to the manufacturer, and give them one last chance to repair the vehicle. You should send this letter by certified mail, with a return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.
Once the manufacturer receives your letter, they will tell you where to take your vehicle for a final repair attempt. Once you take your vehicle in, the manufacturer has 10 calendar days to repair it. If the problem still isn’t fixed, and the manufacturer requires it, you must enter into the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution process. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the arbitration process, you have 90 days to file a lawsuit in court. If the manufacturer doesn’t have an informal dispute resolution process, you have to file suit within 18 months of the delivery date of your vehicle or within one year after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, whichever comes first.
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 15,000 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 Missouri lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.