Does my vehicle have to go to the repair shop three times for the same problem?
No. If your vehicle goes into the repair shop three times for the same problem and such problem continues to exists, then all that means is that you have a very good case. Your vehicle can go into the repair shop less than three times for the same problem. For example, taking your vehicle into the repair shop twice for brakes, twice for steering, and twice for electrical problems may give rise to a valid lemon law claim.
Do I have to go to the same repair shop?
No, you can go to any certified repair facility authorized by the manufacturer which is usually any proper dealership.
Do I have to accept what the manufacturer has offered me?
No. You have the right to pursue a full buy back or receive a comparable replacement vehicle.
Is it a good deal if the manufacturer offers me an extended warranty?
Sometimes it is, but usually not since the automobile will probably continue to give you headaches.
Am I responsible for mileage?
Yes, from the time of first notification of your claim to the manufacturer. There is no case law on what this means in Virginia however.
How much will a Lemon Lawsuit cost me?
Attorney's fees are typically paid by the manufacturer, not the client. The filing fee is $81, and should the matter go to trial, then expert costs may range between $300–$500. There will be other minor costs. If you win, then you receive all of these costs back. If you lose, then you lose these costs but the attorney does not get paid.
Do most of these cases settle?
Over 95% of these cases settle to the satisfaction of the client. The manufacturer will either buy back the vehicle, replace it, or give the client a significant cash refund whereby they take the vehicle and cash and trade into a new car with no loss. Payment of attorney's fees by the manufacturer are included in any settlement.