What Is The Purpose Of The Lemon Law?

The Lemon Law provides consumers who are the first purchaser/lessee of a new motor vehicle, which is registered for a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or less, a procedure to follow and a remedy if they discover their new vehicle is a lemon.

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.

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