The Missouri Lemon Law
How Do I Banish My "Lemon" Car with the Missouri Lemon Law?
You might mistakenly believe that when your brand new car has had repairs made under warranty for “free,” there is no violation of the law no matter how inconvenient, troubling, or severe your experience is.
You’re stuck wondering, “what’s going to go wrong next, or how long will I be without my car this time?”
You feel trapped with a Lemon and think that you have to just grit your teeth and bear it despite not getting the new car value you paid for and deserve.
Fortunately, the Missouri Lemon Law says otherwise and gives you the ability to get rid of and banish your Lemon car once and for all!
The Missouri Lemon Law also entitles you to have attorneys’ fees paid by the company that built your defective vehicle so you don’t have to go up against the car company alone.
The Missouri Lemon Law covers all conditions, defects, or general problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of your vehicle.
You are entitled to Missouri Lemon Law protection when the number of repeat repairs for the same defect or condition is unreasonable or if the total time your car is in the repair shop for warranty repair(s) is unreasonable.
You don’t need both too many repairs and too much time without your car for the Missouri Lemon Law to apply, only one or the other.
The Missouri Lemon Law covers you when your car’s use, value, and/or safety are substantially impaired (negatively impacted) by its defects.
This makes sense because like most people, you bought a new car with a new car price so you would have peace of mind and wouldn’t have to deal with used car problems.
What are Lemon Law Presumptions?
It is presumed under the Missouri Lemon Law that your car’s manufacturer has been provided a reasonable opportunity to repair your vehicle when within the first year of ownership while your vehicle is covered by warranty:
1) There have been four or more repairs for the same problem, or
2) If your vehicle has been out of service for 30 or more days in the repair shop as a result of repairs excluding delays that are beyond the manufacturer’s control (and regardless of whether the problem is the same) .
The Missouri Lemon Law presumptions apply in two separate ways:
1) If there are 4 or more repairs for the same problem in your car an Missouri Lemon Law presumption applies even if there are only 4 days in the repair shop.
2) If you have a repair that takes 30 or more days, then it doesn’t matter that there has only been one repair. You still get the benefit of the Missouri Lemon Law presumption.
Please keep in mind that the presumptions are written in the Missouri Lemon Law to help you prove you have a Lemon, they are not a barrier to compensation.
You may still have a valid Missouri Lemon Law case even if your car doesn’t have this number of repairs or time out of service if the overall repair history is unreasonable under the circumstances.
With that being said, we must warn you that the most common reason the Lemon Law would not apply to your vehicle is if the claim is timed out so please don’t lose out on you Lemon Law rights to a Refund or New Car by waiting.
What am I entitled to under the law?
When your car is covered by the Missouri Lemon Law you are entitled to a refund (minus a reasonable usage fee) or a new comparable replacement of your “Lemon” and to recover attorneys’ fees as part of settlement while never stepping foot in a courtroom because over 95% of our cases are successfully resolved out of court in 1-3 months (COVID may cause some delays in this normal timespan) without any lawsuit.
Alternatively, it is possible to negotiate a substantial cash compensation settlement for you with you keeping your car. This compensation is for having overpaid for your car given the problems you’ve experienced and for your inconvenience.
These ways of getting rid of or compensated for your Lemon are available to you regardless of whether the repairs you sought were “free” under your vehicle’s warranty.
Although the Lemon Law excludes commercial and off-road vehicles, mopeds, motorcycles and the non-chassis portion of recreational vehicles you can also obtain cash compensation and other remedies through the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, State warranty common law, and the State Commercial Code.
As such, there are multiple other ways we can help you even if the Missouri Lemon Law does not apply to your specific vehicle situation.
If you feel like you’ve suffered enough because of your “Lemon” car and deserve better we are here to help you.
Please submit the information requested in our Free Lemon Law Evaluation page and we will get back in touch with you regarding your vehicle situation within one business day or less.