What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?

All new vehicles sold or leased with warranty provisions are covered under the law, except for commercial and off­road vehicles, mopeds, motorcycles and the non­chassis portion of recreational vehicles. Also included are demonstrators or lease­purchase vehicles as long as a manufacturer`s warranty was issued as a condition of the sale.

A defect must affect the use, value or safety of the vehicle. The law applies while the vehicle is under the manufacturer`s expressed warranty or up to one year after the date of delivery, whichever expires earlier. Some extended warranties are offered by the dealer or an insurance company—check with your dealer.

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, primarily used for personal, family, or household purposes. Does not include commercial vehicles, off­road vehicles, mopeds, motorcycles or recreational vehicles.4 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service.
Warranty period or 1 year.
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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