Lemon Laws

Lemon laws provide consumer protection against misrepresentation or fraud in meeting any standards claimed regarding the quality and performance of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, and other “lemon” products at the time of sale. It legally empowers consumer to force an automobile manufacturer to replace a defective or unsafe vehicle.


Lemon laws often vary from state to state and may not necessarily cover used or leased vehicles. Each state has its own “Lemon Law.” The right awarded to consumers by Lemon Laws may exceed the warranties expressed in purchase contracts

If your car has been repaired for the same defect four or more times and the problem is still occurring, you have a lemon. Of course, the defect must be something significant which substantially hinders the vehicle’s use, value or safety. The lemon law covers a wide range of defects including but not limited to:

  • Engine problems
  • Transmission problems
  • Water leaks
  • Paint defects
  • Electrical problems
  • Brake problems
  • Steering problems
  • Vibrations
  • Bad smells
  • Rattles
  • And many other defects

Other Lemon Laws

Lemon laws are not limited to cars. There are RV lemon laws, boat lemon laws, and computer lemon laws. To find out what your state lemon laws cover, contact your state attorney’s office.

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