What Are the Odds Your Lemon Lands You in Court?

Selecting and buying a new vehicle is an ordeal in itself. Couple this with the uncertainty surrounding the vehicle’s performance, reliability and dependability, and the experience can quickly become downright debilitating. No one wants to end up with perpetual maintenance issues that turn their huge new purchase and financial commitment into a giant piece of scrap metal. As the Lemon Law Experts, we ran through the numbers and identified which vehicle manufacturers end up in court most frequently.

You can also view our infographic from the study here.

We’ve pulled every breach of warranty case filed in the United States between 2013 and 2016 and compared this data against 13 of the most popular vehicle brands in the United States. Although many cases are settled out of court, and therefore not included in the stats below, this will give you an overview of how likely you are to end up in extended litigation with the manufacturer of your new vehicle.

Select your vehicle manufacturer below to find out your chances of getting a lemon!

Audi   |   BMW   |   Fiat   |   Ford   |   Kia   |   Honda   |   Hyundai   |   Mazda   |   Mercedes-Benz   |   Nissan   |   Tesla   |   Toyota   |   Volkswagen

 

Ford Lemon Logo

Ford Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 9,769,725
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 2,773
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 3,523

Fun fact: This is roughly the same probability that your baby will be born with a tooth (.033%).


 Volkswagen Lemon Logo

Volkswagen Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 1,447,062
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 583
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 2,482

Fun fact: You are 4 times more likely to get injured by a toilet.


BMW Lemon Logo

Most Common Models Reported as Lemons:

  • 335i
  • 135i
  • 535i
  • X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes
  • Z4 roadsters
  • and more

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 1,308,197
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 647
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 2,021

Fun fact: You are 10 times more likely to date a millionaire.


Audi Lemon Logo

Most Common Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 752,496
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 59
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 12,754

Fun fact: You have a similar chance of finding a pearl in an oyster (.0083%).


Mercedes-Benz Lemon Logo

Mercedes-Benz Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 1,435,582
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 297
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 4,833

Fun fact: You have the same odds as hitting a hole-in-one in golf.


Nissan Lemon Logo

Nissan Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 5,179, 080
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 473
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 10,949

Fun fact: 60 times more likely than getting dealt a royal flush in your poker game.


Kia Lemon Logo

Kia Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 2,388,839
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 158
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 15,119

Fun fact: You’re 3 times as likely to catch a foul ball during a baseball game.


Tesla Lemon Logo

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 88,378
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 3
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 29,459

Fun fact: You are 30 times more likely to get audited by the IRS.


Toyota Lemon Logo

Toyota Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 8,103,166
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 133
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 60,926

Fun fact: You are more likely to be struck by lightning during your lifetime (.0083%)


Mazda Lemon Logo

Mazda Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 1,206,704
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 33
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 36,566

Fun fact: You are 100 times more likely to be born with 11 fingers or toes.


Fiat Lemon Logo

Fiat- Chrysler Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 164, 509
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 8
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 20,563

Fun fact: You are roughly 250 times more likely to make it to the NBA as a college basketball player. 


Honda Lemon Logo

Honda Models Reported as Lemons:

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 5,618,173
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 225
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 24,969

Fun fact: You are 4 times more likely to get a lemon with a Honda than date a supermodel.


Hyundai Lemon Logo

Hyundai Models Reported as Lemons:

  • Accent
  • Elantra
  • Ezera
  • Entourage
  • and more

Total # of vehicles sold 2013 – 2016: 2,976,268
Total # of breach of warranty cases 2013 – 2016: 200
Total sales per warranty case 2013 – 2016: 14,881

Fun fact: You have a similar chance of getting injured by fireworks.


Data Limitations:
*Date range: 2013 – 2016
*Data sources: Lexis Advance, Automotive News
*Cases only reflect those that were filed electronically.
*Number of cars sold reflects US sales only.

Sources:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/odds.shtml
http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/mens-basketball
http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/money/20-things-more-likely-happen-you-winning-lottery
http://moneyminiblog.com/interesting/things-more-likely-happen-winning-lottery/