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Recent Repurchases & Refunds

October 15, 2008 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Lemon Law, Magnuson Moss, refunds, Used Car Lemon Law

When Bob Silverman & Craig Kimmel formed Kimmel & Silverman eighteen years ago, they had one goal in mind–to equal the playing field between the consumer and the billion-dollar automotive manufacturer, using State & Federal Laws that many consumers were not aware of.  Best of all, the legal help under these laws is completely FREE to the consumer.

For the life of us, we cannot understand why consumers still insist on trying to do this by themselves, when you can have access to an experienced attorney who has worked on thousands of lemon law and breach of warranty claims (not only that, but we have three ASE-certified mechanics on staff to inspect our clients’ vehicles and research their issues.)  The other day, a gentleman called with a real problem–he was two years into a four-year lease and he was experiencing many problems with his power-train.  Being that he thought he had a “slam dunk” case, he decided to represent himself through the NJ Lemon Law unit.  He couldn’t get a mechanic to testify on his behalf. The manufacturer hired attorneys to oppose his claim.  He ended being offered a very minimal settlement which only covered a few lease payments.  He now has decided to buy himself out of his lease, which means he is going to take a huge financial hit.  This is all because he thought he could handle this on his own.  We have seen many other claims where the consumer was promised a new car, only it turned out to be a trade and the consumer found themselves stuck in a terrible situation.  If you are not a doctor, can you diagnose someone with a chest pain? If you are not a contractor, can you build a house and ensure it’s going to last the test of time?  The legal help is free, the participation is minimal.  You can keep driving your car throughout the entire process….if you don’t take advantage of what the Law provides, then you are partly to blame for whatever happens.

We know that It sounds too good to be true, but we can assure you it is for real. You can read the many consumer stories we have in our on-line newsroom, or just take a look at some of our recent victories from the last quarter. The following are some of the repurchases we have successfully obtained in the last four months.  These clients received all taxes, tags, finance charges, monthly payments and value on their trade-ins, minus a very small mileage offset normally based on the mileage when they first brought the car to the authorized manufacturers dealership for service.  And how much did they pay for legal fees?  if you answered “nothing,” you get a gold star!

  • 2007 Nissan Quest — repurchase under MA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Nissan XTerra — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Nissan Quest — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2005 Nissan Murano — repurchase under PA Lemon Law (client had 26,800 miles when he called us.)
  • 2005 Nissan Altima — repurchase under PA Lemon Law (client had 30,126 miles when he called us.)
  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado — Two repurchases in last four months under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Chevrolet Colorado — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Chevrolet HHR — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law (settled in 28 days)
  • 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer — repurchase under PA Lemon Law (settled in 19 days)
  • 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2007 GMC Sierra — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2007 GMC Yukon — repurchase under PA Lemon Law (settled in 20 days)
  • 2008 GMC Arcadia — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law (settled in 27 days)
  • 2007 GMC Arcadia — repurchase under DE Lemon Law
  • 2008 GMC Envoy — repurchase under OH Lemon Law (settled in 19 days)
  • 2008 GMC Yukon — repurchase under OH Lemon Law
  • 2006 Cadillac CTS — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Cadillac SRX — repurchase under MA Lemon Law
  • 2006 Cadillac XLRV — repurchase under MA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Cadillac CTS — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2008 Saturn Vue — repurchase under PA Lemon Law (settled in 12 days)
  • 2008 Saturn ION — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Saturn ION — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Hummer H3 — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2006 Suzuki Forenza — repurchase under VT Lemon Law
  • 2008 Audi A4 — repurchase under NH Lemon Law
  • 2006 Hyundai Elantra — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Dodge Ram — Two repurchases under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Dodge Ram — Two repurchases under VT Lemon Law
  • 2008 Dodge Ram — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Dodge Caliber — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Dodge Caliber –repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible — repurchase under OH Lemon Law
  • 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Chrysler Town & Country — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Jeep Patriot — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler — repurchase under OH Lemon Law
  • 2007 Jeep Commander — repurchase under OH Lemon Law
  • 2007 Jeep Wrangler — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2006 Toyota Scion — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2007 Toyota Solara –repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Toyota Corolla — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Lexus LS460 — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2007 Lexus ES350 –repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2006 Lexus LX470 — repurchase under NJ Lemon Law
  • 2007 Lexus GS300 — repurchase under PA Lemon Law
  • 2008 Lexus GS400 — repurchase under OH Lemon Law
  • 2005 Ford Mustang — repurchase under PA Lemon Law

Now, remember this is a legal process, so we can’t guarantee that you will receive a repurchase if you open a claim with us, but it could be possible.

Under the Laws we work with, a repurchase is the maximum remedy a consumer can receive.  Repurchases are reserved where the consumer has suffered a significant non-conformity which has affected the use, value and safety of the vehicle, and the problem has reoccurred repeatedly.  Another possible remedy under the Lemon Law is a new car. This known as an MSRP to MSRP swap, which is essentially a trade without the depreciation you would normally suffer.  As you know, the minute you drive a car off the lot, the value of the car depreciates significantly.  If you receive a swap, we take the MSRP from the sticker price of your car and apply it to the MSRP of a brand new car.  So, essentially you are getting a brand new car with the same features, and you have the same amount of equity in the new car as you did in the old car. The depreciation you would normally deal with does not apply.

There is also a third remedy under the State Lemon Laws and most commonly under the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act–significant monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the vehicle for the problems you have incurred. This could apply if it is fixed after three repairs; if the problem is not threatening the overall use, value, or safety if the vehicle (i.e. radio);  it falls outside the lemon law mileage provisions; or if you purchased the car used but it still has a manufacturers warranty.  If you receive money, it is non-taxable and YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR CAR and your car is not branded in any way, shape or form.  Plus, your warranty remains completely in effect, so the manufacturer  is  still obligated to fix the car if problems persist, and you do not need to disclose that you received this money at time of trade or sale.  You may do whatever you want with the money.  You may have previously read in our blog about the Volvo SUV owner who received $7,000 after he heard Communications Director Michael Sacks on the radio. Here are some other folks who received monetary awards in the last four months(All of these folks kept their vehicles and had their attorney fees paid separately by the manufacturer):

  • 2008 Volvo C70 — problems with convertible top, fixed after 4th attempt. Client received $10,000.
  • 2008 Ford Ranger — client received $5,000.
  • 2007 Ford Expedition — client received $6,000.
  • 2005 Ford F350 — client received $7,000.
  • 2007 Ford Expedition — client received $4,000.
  • 2008 Toyota Rav 4 — client received $5,500.
  • 2009 Dodge Journey purchased in another state but registered in PA — client received $6,750.
  • 2006 Dodge Caravan –client received $5,250.
  • 2007 Jeep Liberty — client received $5,000.
  • 2006 Chrysler Town & Country with 32,000 miles — client received $3,250.
  • 2006 Subaru Forrester with 61,000 miles — client received $4,000 (settled in 60 days).
  • 2008 Land Rover LR 3 with 25,000 miles — client received $4,250.
  • 2008 Saab 9-7 with 37,000 miles — client received $5,500.
  • 2005 Saab 9-3 with 40,000 miles and the lease almost completed — client received $3,000.
  • 2005 Mazda 3 with 50,536 miles — client received $4,000.
  • 2006 Mazda 6 purchased used — client received $4,000.
  • 2006 Mazda MPV — client received $4,500 (settled in 30 days).
  • 2007 Mazda CX9 –client received $5,000 (settled in 45 days).
  • 2006 Honda Civic with 32,700 miles, problems fell outside of lemon law — client received $3,500.
  • 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe with problem starting at 29,000 miles and lease up — client received $4,000.
  • 2005 Chevrolet Impala with problem starting at 25,000 miles — client received $3,000.
  • 2004 BMW 7-series certified pre-owned with 56,600 miles — client received $2,500.
  • 2004 BMW 5-series with problem starting at 52,000 miles & extended wty — client received $3,000.

And this is just a sampling of the work we have done in the last four months.  Think you have a lemon?    E-mail us you question or call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652) and we will be happy to go over your situation and whether we can help.


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6 Responses to “Recent Repurchases & Refunds”


  1. #1 glo says:

    I have a 2009 Toyota Matrix I purchased August 2008. I took it in for 15k maintenance and svc advisor showed me premature rust or corrosion underneath on exhaust system and a rod. Toyota is now offering to repurchase my car without any explanation.

    • #2 LemonLaw says:

      That’s great–A perfect example of a manufacturer stepping up and taking responsibility for their product. And I am sure they are quite confident that you will purchase another Toyota product. All that being said, make sure you get all the figures in writing and give them a clear-cut deadline in terms of when you want the buy to be completed.

      • #3 Thomas Bourg says:

        I have a 07 silverado with an oil leak. I returned it 5 times for repair. Chevy refuses to honor the lemon law. I have all documents to prove my complaint. They blatently told me they refuse to honor the lemon law. Can you help? Please reply.Thanks, Thomas Bourg

        • #4 vanessa says:

          2008 gmc envoy, have taken it since last year, was almost in a bad accident as my car failed to acclerate at a stop on a busy street. Was almost rear ended. Seems transmission is slipping. At times the car from inside the garage when i put into reverse and press on the gas it doesnt reverse, stays still. I have to shut off the engine and restart inorder for it to drive. lately the car wont start, diagnostics say battery is good, and transmission is good, not one problem has been solved. I have a claim in with factory but all they do is keep noting problems. I want to be safe and i want a workable car….

          • #5 LemonLaw says:

            Please fill out our Get Rid Of Your Lemon Form and we will find someone who can help.

            • #6 Matthew powell says:

              Car intermittently won’t crank. Last week it was 3 days in a row! I was out of town and afraid it wouldn’t ever crank!!!
              Gas cap frequently won’t open.
              A/C rapid rattle when on max cool–can’t use it.
              Loses power intermittently while driving.


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