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What Is The Warranty Period?

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To determine whether you have a claim under Lemon Law you will have to determine whether at least one attempt to diagnose or repair each defect occurred under the manufacturer`s warranty and within the warranty period. It is important to understand that, for purposes of arbitration, the warranty period may be different from the actual manufacturer`s warranty. The law requires that the manufacturer`s warranty cover at least 1 year or 12,000 miles (whichever occurs first). An extended service contract is not an express manufacturer`s warranty.

When determining whether an attempt to diagnose or repair a defect meets the requirements for eligibility, the warranty period covers a diagnosis or repair occurring within 2 years from the original delivery date and 24,000 miles of operation of the vehicle.

The following are examples of how to determine whether a diagnosis or repair attempt occurred during the warranty period.

  1. If the manufacturer provides the minimum warranty of one year or 12,000 miles (whichever occurs first), an eligible defect must have been:
    • diagnosed or repaired at least once under the manufacturer`s warranty within 12 months and 12,000 miles; OR
    • out­of­service for a total of 30 or more cumulative calendar days due to diagnosis or repair of one or more defects that are covered by the manufacturer`s warranty; at least 15 calendar days must have occurred during the manufacturer`s warranty coverage of 12 months and 12,000 miles.
  2. If the manufacturer provided a longer warranty (e.g., five years or 50,000 miles) an eligible defect must have been:
    • diagnosed or repaired at least once under the manufacturer`s warranty and within two years and 24,000 miles; OR
    • out­of­service for a total of 30 or more cumulative calendar days due to diagnosis or repair of one or more defects that are covered by the manufacturer`s warranty; at least 15 calendar days must have occurred within two years and 24,000 miles.

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