As much as we're weary about giving so-called Lemon Law King Vince Megna more space on these pages, we've decided it's worth letting you all know that his client has settled his lawsuit with Tesla Motors over a Model S sedan that he claims was a lemon.

As you may remember, the electric sedan in question, a 2013 Signature Performance Model S, was owned by a doctor in Wisconsin who claimed that his shiny new car required servicing so often that he had it in the shop for 66 days in his first few months of ownership. The owner claims to have asked Tesla to buy the car back three separate times and claims to be able to provide proof of such, though Tesla previously refuted that version of events, suggesting in a blog posting that the owner may have tampered with a fuse.

In the end, the two parties decided to settle, with Tesla agreeing to pay Robert Montgomery, the owner, $126,836 to cover the car's cost along with his taxes and attorney fees. Case closed. If you'd like to see Megna's own video discussing the settlement, scroll down below.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      Technical and customer service issues like these never relay to the public correctly. The MD should be left alone, regardless of intent. Such decency should be expected from EV/Tesla owners. Frankly even if it was a lemon, who cares. You can't call the company innovative unless there are some tech issues. Where would Space X be without making mistakes? Tesla has built the perfect car, and that doesn't mean they can't have a lemon every-once in a while.
      Sharky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Big screw up Tesla motors, you guys should take back any vehicle that has trouble from the dealership that isn't brought on by the person driving it and swap it out for another that has been inspected thoroughly, and passed. Customer service would go a very long way to gain a reputation as a superior auto-maker. Don't start acting like GM if you want to gain popularity.
        Sharky
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Sharky
        After reading again, I would amend my afore mentioned comment with, anytime someone wants to claim the car they bought or are buying has an issue within the reasonable warranty period, that car should be replaced by another car, one that has passed thorough inspection and has had tamper tape applied to all the necessary places to insure that the car is all factory condition, the first time there is an issue, then the one claiming to have gotten a lemon cannot claim that a second time, and the vehicle claimed to be a lemon, can be thoroughly checked to see what the problem is and what the cause of that problem is. Then you show good pr with handling the situation with tact, if the car was a lemon, you can own up to it, if the car was tampered with and the person claiming it was a lemon is trying a scam, then they would b exposed.
      purrpullberra
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love that Tesla came out swinging the truth around like a bat to beat up these mostly bogus claims. Virtually everyone who looked at both sides could see that most claims were BS and rigged by the owner and/or the lawyer who is guilty of illegal activity here. To cause problems and then sue claiming those problems are product defects is illegal. There is plenty of evidence that that is exactly what happened here. If some supposed issues never come up when tamper-proof tape is put on AND data logs show someone accessing areas as if rigging the fuses well, then we must give zero credibility to the lawyer, plaintiff. I'm pretty sure no one has decided not to buy a ModelS based this one case. The people who were genuinely worried about Tesla's response to an honest issue have been given even more reason to believe that Tesla are quite willing to buy back cars if/when the situation truly requires it. Many of the days it was 'in the shop' must be due to the tinkering the guy/lawyer were responsible for. It will be almost impossible to know how many genuine issues were going on with the car because no one can trust a silly and criminal lawyer and the unbelievable former owner. People should do their homework, there are several issues that one should be aware of with Tesla ModelS's. But this case was best shot down, done, and then fix the car and get it in the hands of someone who will love it. Cheap, easy, effective solution to shutting up the ridiculous claims of the clownish tampering lawyer. It's rather disappointing that the lawyer gets paid for breaking the law. I'm happy to see Tesla lawyers and/or Elon himself destroy reputations of trolls of all kinds (NYT 'journalists' are my fave), they can't be left alone to fester and toxic shock the rest of Tesla's stellar reputation.
      Grendal
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's sad to see the bad guy win. The owner was a crook with a shyster lawyer that got to own a Tesla for a while. The evidence of his being a crook was there but it wasn't worth the expenditure to prove it in court. Happily Tesla just paid him his money back to be done with the both of them.
        brotherkenny4
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Unless they were paid on the side for their harassment of Tesla, this was not the big win they would probably have hoped for. The settlement was actual pretty small. However, there must be something in it for Mr Smegma, so it is possible that he receives funds from people seeking to smear certain brands.
          Grendal
          • 8 Months Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I'm pretty sure he failed if that was his goal. There was almost no stock effect and I doubt anyone didn't buy their car because of him. Maybe only an idiot that was just looking for any excuse to change his/her mind. Nothing worth worrying about though.
      RoyEMunson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like he bit off more than he could chew with the payments. Hopefully this car finds a more respectable owner.
        bluepongo1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        If you click the link in the story and read the comments, there is compelling evidence that Megna's client is a con-artist and troll who regularly does this with other cars.
          RoyEMunson
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          I have followed this story from the beginning and I am aware that this POS has done this before. Still doesnt change my stance that the guy cant afford the cars he impulsively buys, doctor or not. This guy probably has some kind of disorder and needs to see a shrink.
          juxxor
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          May his doorhandles be frequently micturated upon and loafs repeatedly crimped off in his fuel tank. And the same for his lawyer.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This has been common practice with many fraudsters here in California, especially with big ticket items like the S550 and Bentleys. They'll lease these high end cars for 2-3 years and throughout it's life will take it to a mechanic who is in cohoots with them to alter a fuse, plug, etc and claim to the dealership that they're experiencing issues. The dealership will fix the issue and return the vehicle. This gets repeated until right before the end of the term lease. At that point the Lemon Law will kick in and the fraudster will request a return of all their lease payments. Result: They just received driving priviliges for 150k car for the last 2-3 years with all expenses paid. Dealerships should ban together and create a nationwide database for these fraudsters.
      kEiThZ
      • 8 Months Ago
      The should have publicized the owner's name. Other car dealerships need to be forewarned about him.
      Tysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was ready to believe that this one out of many thousands of Model Ss was a lemon. Tesla can be very defensive about issues. But the more I read the more it sounds like an unscrupulous guy with buyer's remorse hooked up with an unscrupulous lawyer to create problems that might get them a fat settlement. The thing for Tesla to do now is to quietly turn the car into a press car. Let journalists drive it and prove that nothing is wrong with it.
        jeff
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Tysto
        Most of the problems he claimed could not be duplicated... The fuses stopped blowing when tamper proof tape was applied to them.... He did the same thing to Volvo...
      bluepongo1
      • 8 Months Ago
      Actually this is a win for Tesla vehicle owners because nobody wants to talk to scamming scum like Megna and his partner-in-crime at a Supercharger station. The story begs the question: Why don't all the folks who know a guy or read a story about a Tesla with problems do the same? Tesla owners don't want frauds in their community.
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's too bad the fraudster got his way but I'm sure Tesla figure it was less costly in both legal fees and publicity to do this instead of fighting. It would be great if NADA organized a black list and distributed it to every dealer in the US so that this guy would never be able to buy a new car again.
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Tesla already quietly crucified him in the press by explaining about his antics. He will do it again though. He's probably an addict by now. I'd be very frightened if he was my doctor though.
        jeff
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Yea, the guy is sleazy....
      jphyundai
      • 8 Months Ago
      I am glad that there is somebody out there willing to help the consumer get rid of his junk Tesla. The car is a miserable fire trap.
        bluepongo1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        You and the other libelous trolls on AB/ABG are probably going to need his help soon.
        FordGo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        Oh Tillerson, just stop already. Go buy a Wind Farm and join the modern ages.
        Joeviocoe
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        Ignoring with.... Autoblog Comments Enhancer (ACE) v1.0.0 - bit.ly/Autoblog_Comments
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        This guy is troll with an agenda. He already knows what he says is a lie. He just keeps repeating it in the hopes that someone gullible will buy into it.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh no, why would they settle with Vince Smegma??
        SublimeKnight
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        The level of knowledge about EVs is very low at this point. I don't think Tesla wants a trial decided by 12 people of the general public, who could be fed tons of nonsense and FUD during the trial.
        JakeY
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        Probably cheaper and less media exposure in the long run than a drawn out lawsuit. This news is mostly going to be buried by the Model 3 announcement anyways (might have even been strategic to do so given Tesla cancelled their federal suit only weeks after filing).
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