What Do I Need To Do Before I Can Claim That My Car Is A Lemon?
- If you have taken the car in to a dealer or the manufacturer for at least four unsuccessful repair attempts at least one of which occurred within the first of 12 months or 12,000 miles for the same defect, and the defect continues to exist;
- Or, if the car has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more business days, while being repaired for any number of defects, and the defect continues to exist.
You must provide written notification of the defect to the manufacturer (not the dealer), sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. In this notification, you must give the manufacturer a final opportunity to repair the vehicle, by stating in your letter that you will invoke the Lemon Law if they do not repair the defect. You may not invoke your rights under the Lemon Law against a manufacturer unless you provide such notification.
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.
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- What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?
- What Is The Lemon Law Term Of Protection?
- What Types Of Defects Are Covered?
- What If My Problem Does Not Fit The Requirements Of My State's Lemon Law?
- What Are My Options For Action Under The Lemon Law?
- What Are The Possible Outcomes?
- Does The Manufacturer Have To Tell Potential Purchasers Of The Car That It Was Deemed A Lemon?
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- Where Can I Get More Information About The Lemon Law?