What Qualifies As A Lemon?

  • The vehicle must have been purchased in the state of Utah.
  • The vehicle must be new and under warranty.
  • The vehicle must be a car or truck weighing less than 12,000 pounds, or a motor home.
  • The defect must substantially impair the use, market value or safety of the vehicle.
  • The vehicle must have been in for repairs for the same defect at least four times or out of service to the consumer a total of 30 days in either one year or the warranty period, whichever is less.
  • The defect cannot be the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications of the vehicle.
  • The consumer must first go through any informal dispute settlement or arbitration procedure the manufacturer may have established.

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 car or truck weighing less than 12,000 pounds, or a motor home.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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