What Are Covered Defects?

  • The Lemon Law applies to any defect, problem, or condition that substantially impairs a vehicles use, value, or safety.
  • The Lemon Law does not apply to any defect or problem due to:
    • Abuse or neglect by the owner; or
    • Unauthorized modifications or alterations to the vehicle by anyone other than the manufacturer or a dealer.
  • The buyer must notify the manufacturer of the nonconformity during the warranty period.
  • The manufacturer must make or arrange with its dealer to make the necessary repairs within a reasonable time.

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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