Defective starters may be the basis for a refund or replacement, and Florida lemon law may offer the solution that a manufacturer or dealership do not.
Your Florida Lemon Law Rights
A “Nonconformity” means a defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of a motor vehicle. Under 681.104, Florida Statutes, “[i]f the manufacturer, or its authorized service agent, cannot conform the motor vehicle to the warranty by repairing or correcting any nonconformity after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer … shall repurchase the motor vehicle and refund the full purchase price to the consumer, less a reasonable offset for use, or, in consideration of its receipt of payment from the consumer of a reasonable offset for use, replace the motor vehicle with a replacement motor vehicle acceptable to the consumer.”
Prior Cases Involving Defective Starters
The Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration (NMVAB) has awarded lemon law relief for cases involving defective starters. See Trindade v. Ford Motor Company, 2013-0093/WPB (Fla. NMVAB July 26, 2013) (finding that an intermittent no-start condition substantially impaired the value of the vehicle).
Florida Lemon Law Lawyers
Dealerships and manufacturers have attorneys. Often these attorneys start fighting your claim as soon as it is filed. And even if they do not hire a lawyer, their representatives will almost certainly have years of experience defending against consumer lemon law claims. If this is your first time bringing a Florida lemon law case, you may wish to consult with an experienced Florida lemon law attorney.