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Lemon Law Buyback Calculator


Each state uses a lemon law buyback calculator for its calculation of a repurchase according to the lemon law, but all states refund the purchase price - what you paid for the vehicle.

Down payment, monthly payments, trade-in equity, all go towards the purchase price.

Negative equity will be deducted from the refund, which cannot be waived.

A mileage deduction for the use of the vehicle is deducted, per the lemon law, and this deduction is different for each state.

For example, in Pennsylvania, it is ten cents per mile for the miles at the first repair, not the current miles.

In states like California and New Jersey, it is the purchase price multiplied by the mileage at the time the problem arose divided by a state-set mileage.

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Replacement Vehicle

Under lemon laws, a "lemon" car can qualify for a replacement.

This replacement must be substantially similar to the original vehicle, including any service contracts, options, and covering related expenses.

The manufacturer typically handles fees like sales tax, license, and registration.

Remember that the balance of your lease or finance term will be transferred to the replacement vehicle. You may need to negotiate different loan terms with your lender.

Lemon law and buyback calculations vary state by state, and the consumer can use a lemon law buyback calculator to estimate their buyback values.

The replacement vehicle provided is typically the same make and model as the defective car, or of similar value if the exact model is not available.

Understanding your state's laws is crucial to ensure your rights are protected.


Under lemon laws, a buyback is another possible solution which entails the manufacturer repurchasing the defective vehicle from the consumer.

The refund covers the vehicle's purchase price, down payment, monthly payments, financing, registration fees, taxes, and service contracts.

For leased vehicles, the buyback amount would be used to settle the lease, not an outstanding loan.

A lemon law buyback calculator is a useful tool to estimate these refund amounts, taking into account various costs and the usage of the vehicle.

Specifically, a lemon law buyback calculator for mileage deduction assists in determining the usage fee, calculated based on pre-repair mileage.

How to Get a Lemon Law Buyback

Getting a lemon law buyback involves several steps:

  1. Visit an Authorized Dealership: If you suspect your vehicle is a lemon, inspect and repair it at an authorized dealership at least twice before filing a lemon law claim.
  2. Document Your Repair Attempts: Keep comprehensive records of all repair attempts on your vehicle to support your claim.
  3. Consult a Lemon Law Attorney: If repairs prove unsuccessful, it's advisable to consult with a reputable attorney who can help you through the buyback process and use a lemon law buyback calculator to provide a potential refund estimate.
  4. File a Claim: With your attorney's help, file a lemon law claim informing the manufacturer of your intention for a buyback.
  5. Negotiate the Buyback Terms: With your attorney, negotiate clear buyback terms with the manufacturer, who may attempt to deny the claim.
  6. Return the Defective Vehicle: Once terms are agreed upon, return the vehicle to the dealership.
  7. Receive Manufacturer's Payment: After negotiations and vehicle return, receive your reimbursement.

Remember that processes may differ depending on your state's specific laws. Make sure to understand your local laws and retain all related documents. A buyback calculator can offer better insights into potential outcomes.

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