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Tennessee Lemon Law

Tennessee Lemon Laws and the federal Lemon Law (the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) provide for compensation to Tennessee consumers of defective automobiles and trucks  and other vehicles and products including motorcycles, RV's, boats, computers and other consumer appliances and products. To qualify under the Tennessee Lemon Law or the federal Lemon Law, you must generally have a product that suffered multiple repair attempts under the manufacturer's factory warranty. Lemon Law compensation can include a refund, replacement or cash compensation. The following comments briefly explain the Tennessee Lemon Law and how it applies to you.

This message is not a substitute for contacting a lawyer who can best advise you of your rights. If you think you qualify for a Lemon Law, click here for a free Tennessee Lemon Law case review or for an immediate evaluation, simply fax your repair records to 866-773-6152. An experienced Lemon Law attorney will personally review your inquiry and records and quickly contact you for a free consultation.

Tennessee Lemon Law Facts

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs receives hundreds of complaints each year about defects in new cars that the dealers cannot seem to repair. In 1986, the Legislature passed a Lemon Law that is stronger and more comprehensive than the original Lemon Law passed in 1984. This Law can be found in the Tennessee Code Annotated 55-24-101.

What Is A Lemon?

A Lemon is a motor vehicle sold or leased after January 1, 1987, that has a defect or condition that substantially impairs the motor vehicle; and the manufacturer, its agent, or authorized dealer cannot repair the vehicle after four attempts or the vehicle is out of service for repairs for a cumulative total of 30 or more days during the term of protection. This Law is only applicable if the vehicle was bought new. Under the statute, the manufacturer must replace the motor vehicle or refund the purchase price (less a reasonable allowance for use).

Substantially impair means to render a motor vehicle unreliable or unsafe for normal operation, or to reduce its resale market value below the average resale value for comparable motor vehicles.

The term of protection is defined as one year from the date of original delivery or the term of the warranty, whichever comes first.

The Law is unclear about whether you have to have reported your problem during the term of protection in order to have a claim under the Lemon Law. The Division has adopted what we view as the more defensive position - the problem essentially has to be reported within the first year or within the term of the warranty, whichever comes first.

What Should I Do If I Have A Lemon?

If you have a lemon, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem in writing by certified mail. The manufacturer has an additional opportunity to repair your car within 10 days. If the manufacturer cannot repair your car and the manufacturer has an informal dispute settlement procedure that complies with Federal Trade Commission regulations, the refund and replacement provisions of the Lemon Law won't apply until you submit to the procedure. You are not bound by the decision and can still seek available legal remedies, including asking a court to award a replacement vehicle or reimbursement of the purchase price (less a reasonable allowance for use), plus attorney fees and court costs.

When Can I Take Action?

You can file a law suit at anytime within one year from the date of original delivery of your car or within six months from the expiration of your expressed warranty, whichever is later. Extended warranties are not considered. You should consult an attorney well before the expiration of your time limit to be sure of preserving your legal rights.

For complete advice concerning your legal rights, click here to consult a Tennessee Lemon Law attorney.

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