Lemon Laws for New and Used Vehicles

All 50 states have enacted “lemon laws” to protect consumers from defective new automobiles. Some states have enacted separate lemon laws to cover used vehicles. While their application and protections vary from state to state, they generally protect consumers from having to keep defective new vehicles. Lemon laws entitle buyers to a replacement new vehicle or a full refund if a dealer cannot fix a vehicle to conform with a warranty after three or four repair attempts made within six months to a year (state variations). Some state laws also entitle buyers to such a remedy if the new vehicle is out of commission for more than 30 non-consecutive days during the warranty period or a statutory period, e.g., one year.


Inside Lemon Laws for New and Used Vehicles