What Is The Purpose Of The Lemon Law?
If a new vehicle turns out to be defective and has not been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, the law requires the manufacturer to replace the vehicle with one of equal value or refund the purchase/lease price and collateral costs, less an allowance for actual use.
Only a small number of new vehicles are likely to be declared lemons. However, all new vehicle buyers/lessees benefit from this law. The manufacturer and dealer have a stronger economic incentive to deliver vehicles which are free from defects and, if problems develop, to correct them quickly.
This law encourages vehicle manufacturers to establish thirdparty dispute settlement programs to settle consumer disputes. Decisions made through these programs are binding only on the manufacturer, not on the consumer.
This law clearly spells out the responsibilities of the consumer, the dealer and the manufacturer. This law does not limit any other rights or remedies available to consumers under other provisions of law.
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
- What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?
- How Do I Protect Myself Under The Lemon Law?
- What Is The Manufacturer's Responsibility To Repair, Refund Or Replace?
- What Are My Responsibilities As A Consumer?
- I Think I Qualify For A Vehicle Refund Or Replacement. What Do I Do Next?
- Where Can I Get More Information About The Lemon Law?