The Problem Still Exists, What Should I Do Next?

If the substantial defect continues or recurs after the manufacturer or authorized dealer has made a reasonable number of repair attempts to repair the defect, you must give the manufacturer (not the dealer) one final repair opportunity, not to exceed seven business days, to fix the defect. This seven­day period begins when the manufacturer knows or should know that 3 repair attempts or 15 business days out of service limits have been met or exceeded. This is usually the date the manufacturer receives a final repair opportunity letter from you. You may notify the manufacturer of the final opportunity even after the one year or 15,000­mile term of protection ends.

You should send notification of the final opportunity to repair by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the manufacturer`s regional office. (See sample below.) You may get this address from our on­line Automobile Manufacturer Address List. Notifying the manufacturer directly by mail and keeping copies of your letters is the best way to document that the manufacturer was provided a final repair opportunity.

At the end of the 7 business days, you may pick up your vehicle. The manufacturer may choose not to use this final opportunity to attempt repair. If after the seven business days, the substantial defect has not been repaired, or has been repaired and recurs, you have the right to a refund or replacement under the Lemon Law. If the manufacturer does not comply voluntarily, you may request an arbitration hearing.

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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