What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?

The Minnesota lemon law covers new motor vehicles purchased or leased in Minnesota. It also covers used vehicles which are still under the original manufacturer`s warranty. These cars must be used at least 40 percent of the time for personal, family, or household purposes. (Leased vehicles are covered by the law if the lease term is longer than four months.)

The first report of a defect must occur within the warranty period, or two years, whichever comes first. If you have continuing problems with the same defect, however, you can still make a claim until the end of the third year.

The following table summarizes what is covered, how many times the vehicle has to be repaired for the same defect and the warranty period.

Vehicles CoveredRepair Interval and Coverage Period
A new motor vehicle used for personal, family, or household purposes at least 40 percent of the time.1 repair attempt in the braking or steering system or 4 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service for other problems.
Warranty period or 2 years.
Note:Generally, the term Repair Attempts, as it relates to Lemon Law, refers to one or more attempts to fix the same defect although some states consider a vehicle to be a lemon if it required the specified number of repairs within the coverage period.

A car is out of service while being repaired or waiting for parts.

Warranty Period refers to the Manufacturer`s Express Warranty. Where the Coverage Period lists more than 1 option, the period applies to that option which occurs first.

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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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