You’ve probably heard of the Lemon Law, but what does it really mean? A lot of people think it applies to used cars but it’s actually just the opposite. I’ve put together a list to help you better understand when it applies, and what you can do. This list is basic and meant to be easy to understand. If you’d like the detailed version of the lemon law (which I recommend reading if you think this applies to your car), Click Here.
- The law applies to new or nearly new passenger cars, mid-sized trucks, large motorcycles, and some motor homes that have had “continuing warranty problem”and applies only to defects which substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the motor vehicle”.
- The Lemon law does not apply to used “As-is” car purchases, which is a common misconception.
- It applies only to the original manufacture’s warranty as required by law. Warranties vary from vehicle to vehicle.
- The lemon law does not apply to service contracts.A service contract is NOT a warranty. It’s an agreement between you and the dealership (or third party agency) to make repairs.
- A “reasonable number of attempts must have been made to repair the vehicle under the manufactures warranty” within the first year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- It does not cover problems caused by abuse or neglect. It also does not cover problems caused by modifications added to the vehicle, even if it is in the warranty period.
- If you think you have a lemon you must write to the manufactures and ask for a repurchase or repayment of the vehicle, they then have 40 days to respond.
- If the manufacturer does not respond within the 40 day period you may make a request for arbitration with the attorney generals office. You may download a copy of the arbitration form HERE.
*Please note-Again, the law is much more complicated than this. This is a very basic overview to help you have a basic understanding of the law. Please click the link at the top of the page for a thorough explanation of the law.