The Dealer Can Only Do So Much….
This morning, while taping a segment for the CW talk show “Speak Up,” we met up with one of our former clients, John Bryant. John, an accomplished attorney himself, had endured several significant problems with his Cadillac. The battery kept dying, again and again, and he found himself back at the dealer on five different occasions. He thought that General Motors would certainly do the right thing and exchange his car with a new one under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law. When they refused, he upped the ante and told the dealer he would pay them $10,000 and turn in his car in exchange for a new car and he was still getting the run-around. It was around that time that his daughter got involved. She had heard about Kimmel & Silverman and she looked up lemon law.com on-line. Once John contacted us, we started representation and shortly after, John received an MSRP to MSRP swap, exchanging his 2003 Cadillac for a 2008 Cadillac. He paid NO attorney fees (as you know, if we can help, it is completely free) and only paid $2,400 in mileage and upgrade offset, MUCH LESS than what he offered the dealer. Needless to say, he was thrilled.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Dealers can only do so much to help the consumer. When dealing with a lemon law or breach of warranty issue, the defendant is NOT the dealer; it is the manufacturer. Many a dealer has whispered “1-800-LEMON-LAW’ to their customers over the years. They do this because they know they have no control, and really want to help. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t bend the dealer’s ear, hoping that he will come to your rescue. Instead, research your lemon law and breach of warranty rights, make sure you keep all of your repair invoices, and look into hiring a lemon law attorney. It is cost-free and risk-free.
For those in the Delaware Valley, “Speak Up” will air this Sunday morning at 8am on CW57. In addition to John, the program will feature lemon law attorney Amy Bennecoff and Director of Communications & Automotive Consumer Advocate Michael Sacks.