Is My Car A Lemon?
- it has a nonconformity (a defect, malfunction, or condition)
- the nonconformity is covered by the manufacturer`s express warranty
- the nonconformity SUBSTANTIALLY impairs the use, market value, or safety of the car
- the nonconformity is not the result of an accident, abuse, neglect, or alteration of the car by persons other than the manufacturer or its authorized dealer
- you tried to get the nonconformity repaired by the manufacturer`s authorized dealer during the Lemon Law Rights Period
- you sent written notification (preferably by certified mail, return receipt requested) to the manufacturer (not the dealer) of the nonconformity during the Lemon Law Rights Period*
- you gave the manufacturer or its authorized dealer a reasonable opportunity to repair the nonconformity during the Lemon Law Rights Period
- you filed a request for arbitration with the State Certified Arbitration Program within one year after the Lemon Law Rights Period expired
* If you did not receive a Lemon Law Statement of Rights from the dealership when you purchased the vehicle, you are not required to write to the manufacturer although it is a good idea to do so anyway. If you did not receive a Lemon Law Statement of Rights, include that information when you submit your paperwork for arbitration.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Lemon Law Articles
- How Does The Lemon Law Work?
- Is My Vehicle Covered Under The Lemon Law?
- When Does The Lemon Law Rights Period Expire?
- Is My Car's Nonconformity A Substantial Impairment?
- How Many Repair Attempts Do I Have To Allow?
- What Should I Do If I Think I Qualify For Arbitration?
- Can I Settle My Case Without Going To Arbitration?
- How Should I Prepare For The Arbitration?
- Where Do I Go For The Lemon Law Arbitration Hearing?
- How Long Will The Hearing Take?
- What Happens At The Arbitration?
- How Do I Present My Case?
- What Do I Have To Prove To The Arbibrator?
- What Happens After The Arbitration?
- What If My Problem Does Not Fit The Requirements Of My State's Lemon Law?
- Where Can I Get More Information About The Lemon Law?