What Do I Need To Do Before I Can Claim That My Car Is A Lemon?

The vehicle must have been taken in to the manufacturer or authorized dealer for a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defect(s). It is already presumed that your vehicle has undergone a reasonable number of attempts in the following situations:
  • If you have taken the car in for at least four repair attempts for the same defect, and the defect continues to exist;
  • Or, if the car has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days, while being repaired for any number of defects, and the defect continues to exist.

If your claim is based on four or more unsuccessful repair attempts rather than on 30 or more business days out of service, you must provide written notification of the defect to the manufacturer (not the dealer), stating that you may have a claim under the Lemon Law and that you are giving the manufacturer a final opportunity to repair the defect.

The manufacturer then has seven days after receiving your notification to repair the vehicle.

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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