Which Auto Manufacturers are Most Likely to Sell You a Lemon?

If you are thinking about buying or leasing a new car, the last thing you want to think about is being stuck with a vehicle that is plagued by recurring problems. You want to be sure that your car or truck will perform well instead of costing you time and money on repeated attempts to fix a persistent issue. So, what kind of car is least likely to be a lemon? What auto company tends to make cars that end up being lemons? A 2017 study by the legal group Consumer Law Experts released their findings. Let’s take a look.

The Methodology

A group of lawyers performed a search of electronic court filings made between 2013 and 2016 across the U.S. Consumer Law Experts then took a look at how these results compared to the nationwide sales for each manufacturer during these years. The group clarified that they did not include any out-of-court settlements.

Toyota on Top

The study revealed that Toyota is the company who is least likely to go to court in a lemon law-related case. In fact, Consumer Law Experts stated that it’s eight times more likely for a consumer to be struck by lightning over the course of their life than to end up in court against Toyota. The group found that there was only one lemon law cause brought against Toyota out of every 60,926 vehicles the company sold in the U.S.

BMW Battles it Out in Court

On the other end of the spectrum, it appears that BMW was involved in a considerable number of lemon law cases during this same three-year period. For every 2,021 BMWs sold in the U.S., one lemon law case was filed. As a point of comparison, this indicates that BMW is thirty times more likely to become involved in a lemon law claim than Toyota. Ford was also highly likely to sell consumers a defective vehicle, with a lemon law case occurring per every 3,523 Ford vehicles sold nationwide.

What This Means for Consumers

So, is it true that buying a BMW increases your odds that you’ll be stuck with a lemon? Not necessarily. It’s important to realize that Toyota’s low number of lemon law claims may be due to how quickly and effectively it responds to consumer complaints. If the consumer feels heard, then the matter may be settled before it develops into a full lemon law case.

Think you’ve been sold a lemon in the Berkeley area? Lemon Law Partners, LLP is here to help. Schedule a free case evaluation with us today by calling (510) 944-0336.