What are the Lemon Laws?

Think you’ve got a lemon and wondering about your lemon law rights? Every state has its own lemon law pertaining to automobile warranties. But what are the lemon laws, how does your state define a lemon, and what if your your car and its repair history don’t qualify?

Generally, if your vehicle (within the warranty period) has been repaired three to four times for the same defect or has been out of service more than thirty days by reason of repair, and the defect has not been fixed, it will likely qualify under the lemon law. And, even if your car is not considered a lemon under your state’s lemon law statute, you may still have recourse under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act  (the federal lemon law). Consult an experienced lemon law attorney to learn your rights.

Lemon Law Summaries
Lemon Law Statutes

Do I have a Lemon?
If the brakes don’t work, the car won’t go into reverse gear, the darn thing won’t start on cold mornings or hot afternoons, the rear door opens all by itself, the driver’s seat wobbles, or the car chugs along at 30 mph when it should be going 50 mph, then yes, you may have a Lemon, provided you’ve given the manufacturer an opportunity to repair the defect.

Moreover, the defect does not have to substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety to be considered a lemon. If the paint is peeling, the light switch came out when you pulled on it, the car makes “funny noises” but otherwise drives just fine, you may still have a lemon.

In most states, several different defects during the warranty period does not make the car a lemon, but a repair history like that would likely qualify under the federal lemon law. In some states, a single defect that might cause serious injury makes your car a Lemon if the manufacturer cannot fix the problem after as little as one attempt.

Do I need a Lemon Law Lawyer?

The answer may depends upon where you purchased or registered your vehicle. In some states and with proper documentation, you simply file a complaint. In other States, you will need to hire an attorney. An experienced lemon law attorney will not charge you, and you can connect with some of those at this site. But if you do nothing to protect your consumer rights, such as documenting your repairs and allowing the manufacturer a chance to fix the problem(s), you lose all rights under the various State Warranty Acts.

Who pays the Lawyer?

If your Attorney sues under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, you will be awarded attorney fees if you win. Also, more than half of the State Lemon Laws allow you to recover attorney fees. Note that attorney’s fees are based upon actual time expended rather and separate from your recovery.

Is a Used or Leased Car protected?

It depends upon which State the car was purchased or leased in. Some states include used and leased cars in their Lemon Law statutes while others have separate laws for used vehicles. Some states provide protection only for new cars. In some states, even the Attorney General is unable to tell you if a leased vehicle is covered due to the way the law is phrased and you will be referred to a lemon law attorney for clarification of the law. See the Lemon Law Summary and the State Statutes for your particular State to determine what is covered.

Are there any other consumer laws to know about when purchasing a car?

You won’t know if you have a lemon until sometime after you drive off the lot. But what about your rights before, during and after you buy that new or used car with regard to the car buying process itself? Several important federal laws, including laws for Truth in Lending, Fair Credit Reporting, Electronic Fund Transfers, Equal Credit Opportunities, and other car buying laws protect you at all stages of the car buying process. Submit your info for a free case review to determine whether any of these laws were violated with regard to your purchase and what to do it they were.

What about Motor Homes and Motorcycles?
motorhome lemon lawMost states cover the chassis portion of motor homes (that part which is not used for dwelling purposes). Motorcycles are generally not covered but a few states do include them in their lemon law statutes.

If you have a defective motorcycle, motorhome, used car, leased car, or a car used for business purposes and your state lemon law does not cover these vehicles, you still have other recourses such as the Uniform Commercial Code and the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (providing you were given a written warranty).

Tips to Protect your Investment

  • Often times, your new car isn’t suspected of being a Lemon until it is too late (out of warranty, over the mileage limit, etc). If you keep a record of every repair visit, starting with the first one, you will protect your rights. Our Repair Log makes it easy to record every Repair Attempt.
  • Document everything! This includes notes, who you talk to, what is said, dates and times. Put your complaints in writing and keep a copy for yourself. Be sure to obtain a copy of any warranty repair orders. Demand a copy if necessary and if the dealer will not give you one, be sure to document the fact. When you pick up your car, obtain an Invoice. The dealer may claim that you are not entitled to an Invoice because there were no charges (you were not invoiced for any repairs). It is up to you to prove repair attempts! The final Invoice shows what was or was not repaired.
  • Make absolutely sure the dealer records your complaint on the repair order exactly as you describe it. You must make sure to describe the defect exactly the same on each repair visit or you may forfeit your rights under the “reasonable attempts to repair for the same defect” clause.
  • Ask if there are any Technical Service Bulletins or Manufacturer Recalls that deal with your problem. If there are, ask for copies.
  • Be sure that the date, time in, and odometer reading are recorded as well as the date and time you picked up the car. In most States you are covered by the lemon law if the vehicle has been in the repair shop for an accumulative number of days during the coverage period.
  • If your car fails in the middle of the desert or in the middle lane of rush hour freeway traffic, record the date and time, the amount of time you had to wait for assistance, whether or not you had to rent a car, and your general overall feelings. The emotional trauma dealing with a defective vehicle has a lot of bearing on your case should you need to go to arbitration or court.
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  1. so i bought my car in California, but i live in Colorado. I have also had all the work done on the car in Colorado. so do i need to look up the guidelines for the lemon law in California or Colorado.

  2. gerald michaels

    I got a traffic ticket for defective brake lights consecutive within the warranty period & continues electric failures. Does Lemon law cover this

  3. I purchased a car in Michigan that was labeled a “Lemon” in New York. I ran a Car Fax on it and there was only a few service records, nothing that would indicate it was a Lemon. How can I find out why it was labeled a lemon in New York?

  4. I have a 2012 GMC Acadia, and have been bombarded with recall, after recall, and with GM recalls, they allow you use of ONLY a GM rental car at their expense. Well, the last few times I’ve take my vehicle in, I could not get a rental car AT ALL because all the rental agencies GM vehicles were effected by a recall with their key fobs, and it causing the engine to shut off while driving. I have had mine in 3 times with a daytime running light issue. The 4th time finally fixed it, I think, but I would still like to see if I have rights to turn it in as a Lemon.

  5. Hi,
    Can you please help me to proceed under Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act without any fees? I live in CA

  6. I bought my vehicle in May of 2014 in Cedar Park Texas, it is a 2002 Jeep Liberty. I currently live in Oregon and I went to trade it in on a more practical vehicle, and I found out then that the vehicle was a total loss vehicle. I was not informed at the time of sale. If I would have known, I would not have purchased. The vehicle has no resale value and I owe more then it is even worth. What can I do?

  7. I have a Ford Edge that has been at the dealership for close to 9 months waiting on a gas tank that was recalled. The car is more than 2 years old and has more than 18,000 miles. The dealership is giving me a renter. Is it a lemon?

  8. Honda Accord 2013 bad transmission avoid buyig.

  9. I bought a certfied pre-owned bmw 2009 x5 in feb 2012.1st week of purchase coolant leaked and the following week the fuel level sensor failed.8 months later car stalled in a busy freeway,my wife was so scared and almost got into an accident.2013 i told them that the car is hesistant to move after a complete stop like a half to one second delay after letting go of the brakes.and when it goes you literally snap your head from jerking.i was told this is a safety feature so it was never fixed.fast forward to now,still has the delay problem,engine is noisy,park brake malfunction,restraint and air bag malfunction.scared to bring the car to the dealer coz im out of warranty.i have a feeling the car was a lemon to start with.what do u think?

  10. I have a 2015 Ford Escape Titanium, it has 6,000 miles on it so far and I have had it in the shop about 3 or 4 times for recalls on it already. Also I had it fixed last week for an oil leak (or they say it was fixed) and this week it’s still continuing to do so. It goes in again this coming Friday to get that fixed again. Just wondering how many things can go wrong with a vehicle until I am able to do something about it? Also it doesn’t help that I am 18 years old and this is my first loan so I can’t trade it in yet. Please let me know, thanks in advance!

  11. I bought a Ford Fusion 2015 from Anderson Ford Lincoln. Since May 07
    2015, the car has been appearing transmission problems from time to
    time. I’ve sent my car for fixing for 4 times and the problem is still

  12. I just purchased a 2009 GMC Acadia on August 26, 2015 drove off the lot the check engine light came on so they wrote an we owe ticket to me and put on it will fix check engine light took the vehicle in for repair they tell is its the timing chain that’s a $3,000 repair they had the vehicle for 2 weeks fixed the timing chain then we pick it up drive 5 miles down the highway the check engine light comes on again they now say it the catalytic converter so i have only drove the car for a total of 2 days and purchased the car almost a month ago can i give it back as a lemon and get out of this sale

  13. I bought a 2014 Nissan Frontier brand new in Tennessee in September of 2014. The radio and all the electrical shit off while driving that effects the headlights and tai lights also. I shut the car off and turn it back on everything works again. This is the 3rd time I have taken into Nissan for the same problem they say they can’t duplicate the problem. The truck is currently there now for this problem. Not sure if that falls under the lemon law or not.

  14. I paid for a transmission rebuild, and has been back to repair shop 7 times and to dealer 2 times. I have a 12 month warranty for the transmission. Last time at dealership they said it was Burt up and warped. Company now won’t return any calls to fix problem. Having a very hard time finding anyone to help.did an attourney search online and it came back that they couldn’t help. Why should I have to pay for a whole new transmission cause of their screw ups on my rebuild. Any suggestions

  15. Helping my girlfriend sell her 2004 F150. She was making payments on the vehicle that she purchased from a dealer. She just received the title after paying it off, and it says “lemon law buyback” on the title. She was never informed of this prior to purchasing. What can we do? Any way to find out the reason it was lemon law’d?

  16. I bought a grand cherokee 2005 and I’ve been having problems with it since the first week I got it I took it back to the dealer and they said they would fix it but I think the made it worse my first month with it, it was really back in the dealer being fixed it’s almost a year and still have problems with it, it won’t turn on now I’ve had it for almost a year now
    – engine light turns on
    -air bag light is always on on the passenger seat
    -I recently fixed the alternator
    – new battery
    -2recalls still waiting on one

  17. I purchased my car New in Sicily, I had it shipped to CA when I moved back to the states. All repairs have been done in CA. I have requested a buyback of the vehicle after it has been into the dealership for repair on the same issue 3 times in less than 10 months. The manufacture denied a buyback. Who do I contact now?

  18. I have a 2015 Mustang that I leased in Michigan. I now live in California however the car has been back about 5 times in an effort to repair the convertible top. It is making a squeaking noise while driving. The last time, Ford replaced the convertible top. Do I have a case worthy of lemon law and would I need to file in Michigan or California?

  19. I need to know who currently holds the title on a car I sold a year ago for my insurance company that i had that keeps billing me. I have to prove title change for them to stop billing me. I did a vin search and paid for it,howe it doesn’t show title holders name. Any ideas


  20. i have sent in my request

  21. i bought a 2000 alero an i have a problem with the car dealer he dont want to pay for parts an labor that was put in the car after he told he to drive it a couple days an let him no an he will fixed it an make is right with me an he didnt after he seen so many problems power steering fuel filter,fuel pump,back brakes ,wrong spring on driver side wrong size tires, a crack on top the motor cover where the piston go.now he says the warranty is no good that he had me pay him cause it was sold under 2000. he is a car dealer and he knew this he just want a quick sale,other words took my mony an ran. could you help me get my money back on parts an labor and the rest of the car fixed since he won’t take the car back.

  22. Hello,
    My husband and I recently traded in our SUV for a truck. Its a 2009 Dodge with 84,000 miles. Since the day we bought it we have been running into problems and the dealer keeps telling us he cant do anything about it. Now our mechanic has told us that the problem now is far beyond something he can fix and we have to take it to Dodge, and not to drive it until then because the system will shut down and leave us stranded. We live in Oregon and I’m having a hard time understanding the lemon law. We have only had the truck about a month, is there anything we can do to fix the problem?

    Thank You,
    Andrea Belding

  23. I bought a honda crv in 2012 brand new and since last summer I am constantly getting my car jumped it’s not the battery and when I put my key in to start car there’s a terrible sound the dealership and manufacturer doesn’t know what’s wrong with it! I am afraid it’s going to blow up one of these days while trying to start car , not to mention I don’t know once I get somewhere if my car will start to take me home . This should me considered a lemon going to honda again tomorrow !!! What do you think

  24. I bought a car on Nov 23 2015. When we got home that night I had a sign come on which said Service Stabilitrak. We thought it was the key so we switched keys, still happened. We called the car lot and they said keep an eye on it. I have pics of every thing that has happened to the car. All kinds of lights was happening like the abs light the brake light the road hazard sign kepted coming on. We took it in and they kepted the car said it would be a couple of days before they could look at it due to them redoing their floor. Mean time we went back the next night to show them the videos that we took. They said the car was fixed that it was the negative cable was wrong that they had to take it to the chevy place since it’s a chevy cruze and we bought it at a nizzan place. WE go the car back that night drove just fine for a few days then one ight me and my husband was driving home and the radio just went off but was still on. no sound at all couldn’t turn it off . When I got up the next morning to head to work the car wouldn’t start, went and got husband and we had to jump it off. Called the car lot that day and we took it back in and they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. The service lady gave me her personal cell phone and said if it happens again or anything happens again not to do anything and to call her and she would have someone to come out look at the car and get us where we needed to be and get the car to the shop. So we left, and the car has not died again but the car was jumping and I told them about it and they wouldn’t do anything about it. Took it in for an oil change around 12-17-2015 and since then the car has had a loud noise since the oil change. Last night 1-6-2016 me and husband went to the store came out and the car was smoking and husband checked under the hood and it was out of antifreeze so husband put some in it. Went down the road and the light AC off due to high engine temp came on so turned the heater off and then it came saying engine overheated idle engine so we pulled over and called the service lady since had her personal number. She said that she will have a toll truck to come get us and we said what about a car cause wife has to get to work. She said let me call you back so a guy named Bill called back and said that husband didn’t know how to put the antifreeze in but wanted him toput some more in there. So we put the rest of it in there and we drove not even 10 ft and it over heated again. to make long story short we have had problems since the night we bought this car. Is there anything we can do about it. Can we return the car and get another car or get something done. They are giving us the run around and I’m getting very mad over this. I need to get an attorney

  25. I don’t understand the reasoning behind a 12 month lemon law. Our vehicle was driven normally nothing that would cause any problems happened. And on the sixteenth month it decided to start having problems. Looking further we found out that a lot of that make and model cars were having issues with the transmission. 2014 JEEP CHEROKEE LATITUDE all the way up to the 2016 JEEP CHEROKEE TRAILBLAZER. SAME PROBLEM. Fiat didn’t work all the kinks out of it before they packaged it and sold it. Now because we passed the Lemon law date we are stuck with it.
    So IS THAT IT IS THAT ALL WE CAN MANAGE? One year are car only has to run really for one year that we are guaranteed a real replacement. CAN’T WE DO BETTER? How about at least 2 years? CAN’T WE MANAGE THAT?

  26. Bought a 2014 Ram 1500 about 6 months ago and it’s still under the mfg warranty. The truck has been in the shop since 1/4/16 and it has been in the shop before… they don’t know what is wrong with the truck… it has more than 20K miles but not much more… they said they are working with Jeep and Chrysler but still no.luck….
    We bought the truck in Louisiana but registered in Texas. My son is in US NAVY so he took the truck to Norfolk, VA
    Can this be qualified as lemon? And can we file complaint against it?

  27. i currently won a bid for a 2008 Nissan Frontier but after giving them the money and signing the “as is” form drove the car home, doesn’t work and then had to jumpstart to work. took it down to the dealer for repairs and computer assistment, to find out the engine needs to be overhauled, which is a 5k repair. The bank refuse to assist in any way to fix or return the money. But i think have done wrong, they knew of the bad engine and still sold it……. should i persue a law suit, as we don’t have the lemon law in place?

  28. I have a new Pilot that makes a noise upon accelerating. I have had it in two different shops 4 times with them unable to fix the problem. The noise did not occur until after I had an auto accident (minor, front end damage) that I had fixed. Would being in the accident void the lemon law in Colorado?

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  30. I bought my car in Nevada, but I live in California. I have also had all the work done on the car in California. The first time noticed when drive over road bumps it hit hard under the driver side, the dealer did not write it up but they said it was normal with these cars. the second time engine check light, cooling fans was at fault, and evaporation check engine light. the 3rd time engine spark plugs fault. Do I have strong buy back from maserati? DOSE IT QUALIFY AS A LEMON? not a money full buy back?

  31. We are buying a 2001 Nissan xterra from a used car dealer. Recently it broke down on us and left us stranded for hours. We attempted to fix it but can’t however while looking for the problem we discovered that the frame of the vehicle is severally rusted and could be dangerous to drive. What do we need to do?

  32. Christopher Samolis

    I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 …Transmission sounds like its going.. I have complained about it twice so far only noted once by dealer …Tech could find “nothing” wrong ..also burning oil so far 2 oil changes in and every oil change requires me to put in 1 quart of oil before its due to be changed and I can see blue smoke from exhaust when remote starting …..My question if they cant duplicate the problem can it count as lemon law at that point ?

  33. Ordered and leased a new 2016 Mercedes Benz C450 AMG.
    1st Problem: after 200 miles the agility control would shift from sport mode to comfort mode, Backup camera failed, radio failed, infotainment system failed. Shut car down and restarted. It ran correctly for 10 minutes then failed again. Had it towed into the dealership. The kept it for a week, put 300 miles on it and could not duplicate the problem..
    2nd Problem: Engine Check light came on. Had it towed in. Dealership called me and told me I was going driving the car at 155 miles per hour, called me back and told me they read it wrong and I was doing 75 miles per hour and found a charcoal hose that had come loose.
    3rd Problem: Rear end was making a grinding noise and front end would would start to shake. I believe something was going wrong the 4matic system.
    4th Problem: Wanted to see if the rear end was still grinding the next day. Started the car, got it up to about 30 miles per hour, engine lost all power. Put it in neutral and got the RPM’s back up. Put it into drive and the engine started to stall again. Shut the car down and restarted it. Same thing happened. Had Car towed back to the Dealership again. The have had it for 3 weeks and can’t find the problem. This car is very unsafe to drive. When and if they finally return it back to me. I will not let anyone drive it.This car is going to get somebody killed.
    Still making lease payments on a car that only has 1200 miles on it. And I cannot drive it. It is still sitting at the dealership

  34. I bought new 2014 Range Rover SUV with auto side step deployment and when ever I go from street to some drive way by turning either side with little up hill and park the SUV and open the door that time side step should be deploying with door opening but its not always function that way, and i just learn that if i do not park the car and keep driving than car does not change gear its races and jerking, for this reason i took car back to dealer 3-5 times and they keep telling me that car is design that way and functioning fine, to me its very dangerous when car gets races plus i bought the car with auto side step deploy and its not working properly all the time do i have lemon here?

  35. I leased a new vehicle from a California dealership, had it delivered through a dealer in Nevada, license fees paid in Nevada, paid Nevada taxes. Who’s Lemon Law applies?

  36. So you, as the restorer, have to set realistic goals as to
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  37. Hello,

    I bought a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 new Dec 19, 2015 in Minneappolis, MN. The truck is stickered at 56,325. I drove it home, which is central Ohio. Once the weather warmed up to where I did not need heat, I noticed it blows warm air out of the drivers side vents, with no heat on. The air is also warmer (not cold) when the a/c is on, from drivers side vents. I chose a dealer in Columbus, Ohio, in order to establish a relationship, as it’s near my work. They had it for nearly 3 weeks, replaced a blend door actuator motor, which did not fix the problem. Then they replaced a temp sensor that they said was bad, still did not fix problem. Then GM told them to replace the entire evaporator unit, which still did not fix problem. They had me pick it up and I was told they would be in touch. I spoke with the service Mgr in detail. A week later, I’m told they are to replace the a/c compressor. I have noticed that there are gouges, from where they had the entire dash unit out. I will address this in the morning, as I drop the truck off for the compressor replacement. At what point can I consult an attorney, as this is a 6 month old, expensive truck? If it is still not fixed, do I have a case? Thank you in advance.

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  40. I got a loan for a 2000 Volkswagen beetle and my payments are220 amth i haven’t had the car a yr yet I’ve put new clutch mastee and slave cylinder alternator starter radiator and now it needs a cv Axel and a serpentine belt and the passenger window will not go up and its Electric please help me with my problem do i have a lemon and what can i do i live in Pennsylvania and I’ve contacted the dealership

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  43. My car was bought in August 2013 and is still under Manufacturer Warranty. Once that expires, I have a 7 year extension on the warranty that I bought upon purchasing the car. About a month ago, water started getting into my car. I already had to have the entire upholstery replaced as it was ruined. It keeps happening and they keep not fixing it. I understand it no longer falls under lemon law, but is there a legal obligation of sorts that it does fall under? Thank you!

  44. The warranties for some branded cars may go up to 3 or 4 years depending on the model.
    All since then, Indica is floating in the market with a regular sale.
    It is available in two versions of petrol and diesel and has been a very reasonable price.

  45. Tiffanie Lee S. Cruz

    I live on Guam, there is no qualified attorney listed here? Is there one that is able to guide me with this? I have bought my car in late January, it has been in back to the dealership 3 times. The 3rd time, it has been there since 7/2/16 to this date. I am advance on the car loan, and still have to pay for the loan for the upcoming months I don’t have the vehicle. Also, under their “warranty” they do not allow loaners, so I am stuck borrowing other people’s car. (The whole reason I purchased my own vehicle).


  46. I have a question. Not sure we will get an answer because it looks like there is a back log of unanswered questions here. I purchased a 2010 Chevy Traverse from a reputable local dealership. Did not purchase a warranty. A couple weeks of driving, noticed a lot of the electronic displays flashing service warnings, etc. Took it in, checked engine light, and nothing found. Then, one day around a month or two in, the vehicle leaves me stranded as in will not start. Take it to the repair and they say to install new battery. A couple months later, same thing happens, car will not start. Had the starter replaced. A couple weeks later, same problem. Will not start. Towed to another dealership, had remoted starter removed (at a charge), had a control module replaced, and still no better. We are at 10 months from purchase now. Had it towed this afternoon. Will not start. Also, there is a heavy transmission leak to boot. Question… does this qualify as a lemon? The same problem not repaired over a 10 month period. Thank you.

  47. Hi Folks Need a big help. I am from India and bought a FORD FIGO in December 2016. It has issue while the car is tilting toward the left side. While driving it goes towards left hand side even after 3-5 meters. Due which I met with an accident too, now its been 3 months my car is with the agency and still there are gaps. My car was severely hit and they themselves terms this as a major accident, still no airbags open and they gave some crap that please read out technical document and your case doesn’t fit here. I was offended by this but I thought its still ok, let my car get repaired, now even after 3 months that car puling on left side is still on and the agency is not able to repair it ford is suggesting that as agency has checked all and seems ok and only mind is freaking out. Even I had made videos how my car is moving toward left still they never involved any Ford Engg. nor tested by their own means only the words from agency is they listen. What are my best ways to counter their lie and prove them wrong. Unfortunately we dont have lemon law in India. Please help.

  48. Hi there
    I bought my Mitsubishi at a used car dealership in Mass and live in Maine. I have taken my vehicle to the Mitsubishi dealership since purchasing it and have brought it in 3 times for the same issue over the past year. The last fix was 5 days before the transferred manufacturer’s warranty (I’m the 2nd owner) expired last February. I am still having the same issue and now it’s worse. The car wont start- they’ve replaced the battery 3 times and only now are saying it must be an electrical issue, but the dealership won’t even cover diagnosis costs because the warranty is expired. Would this qualify for the lemon law or other federal protection? Or does the fact I bought the vehicle out of state exclude me from that protection?
    Thanks for the assistance.

  49. I have a 2012 Nissan Frontier bought in September 2012 new. ^ months after the purchase I experienced sudden acceleration, rear tires spinning, RPM’s spiking. Applying the brake did not stop it, dropping into neutral was the only way to stop it putting a strain on the transmission. 6 trips in 3 1/2 years to the dealership to have it checked without the problem being fixed because they claim they could not find a problem. This would still fall under the Lemon Law because of an ongoing problem wouldn’t it?

  50. Hi, I live in PA, I bought a car new on Oct 20, 2013. The car has a 3 year warranty.plus a 2 year extended warranty. I started experiencing problems after several months with the heater. I took the car back 2 times for that issue, which they said they couldn’t repeat the issue. Now I had another problem so I took the car back and had the new issue repaired and I was still complaining about the heat not working (time 3) Oh they said the manufacturer told us we have to bypass a code to fix the heat. Three months later the trunk wouldn’t come up the whole was up while using the remote key fob and the headrest would not stay down on the driver side. They are telling they are operating as designed. At 14K the battery died it was a Sunday and the dealership was closed it was dead couldn’t be jumped I had AAA come out and change the battery. The warranty book says if you can’t get it to the dealership any qualified person can do the work with the right documentation. I called the dealership on Monday and they said you didn’t bring it here, so no refund. WHAT. I called VW of America and they finally gave me my money back. Next a terrible smell coming from my AC like musty or mold, took it in they said it is condensation from the AC and in order for it to be fixed they would have to run a cleaner through and it is NOT covered under warranty. Next issue, turning signal not cancelling trying to turn it off manually causes the other signal to go off then both go off some times the 4 ways come on while you are driving. Now this is a safety issue. It happened to me 5 times on one trip. I called the dealership I have been there 3 times and the last time they had it for a week. They did give me a loaner. They said there is nothing they can do. I called the manufacturer and told them the problem. The customer service person told me they would give me a $1000.00 Voucher on a new car. I said I don’t want a new car I want a safe car. She sent it to the next level, that level called me the next day offering me the same deal as the first. I said NO she said I will see if I can find a replacement car. Now my car has 21,000 she said if they replace they will NOT assume the balance on my loan. She called today telling me the only deal she has is a 10% discount on a new car. I guess they really don’t care that I had their product to the shop 9 times in less than 3 years. Plus the fact with the turning signals the way they are I could kill someone or get killed myself. Do I have a case. I am out of the Lemon Law because the first time I reported it I had 13.000 miles on the car and it was 2-1/2 years old.

  51. I bought a car in WI, but am a resident of Iowa, and was so at the time I purchased the vehicle. I’ve had 4 repairs for a water leak. Which state’s lemon law does this fall under, and can you help me recover damages without fees?

  52. Hi, the previous owner of my car brought it in service multiple times for problems on the powertrain, so the car is a buyback/lemon. After some months that I’ve bought the car I’ve got a recall on the powertrain so the car is now perfect but the car is still classified as a lemon on the carfax. Is there something that I could do to restore that to increase the value?
    Thank you.

  53. I got a traffic ticket for defective brake lights consecutive within the warranty period & continues electric failures. Does Lemon law cover this

  54. Hi, the previous owner of my car brought it in service multiple times for problems on the powertrain, so the car is a buyback/lemon. After some months that I’ve bought the car I’ve got a recall on the powertrain so the car is now perfect but the car is still classified as a lemon on the carfax. Is there something that I could do to restore that to increase the value?
    Thank you.

  55. Can anyone give me some advice? I live in Wisconsin, and bought a 2013 Dodge Dart limited in July. The car was a manufacture buy back for electrical issues, hesitation while driving and the transmission slipping. The sales man assured me that if I had any issues whatsoever the car would be bought back “no questions asked”. This is not the case. And I wasn’t smart enough to get that in writing. Within the last month and a half my car has down shifted several times while driving, hesitates when taking off, jerks violently when it’s shifting gears, twice while I have had my foot on the brake and slowly let off, it has red lined and taken off by itself. The AC and heat turn up by themselves. Stereo volume freezes and touch screen is often unresponsive. It has been back to the dealership twice in the last month. The first time, I was told none of the issues could be duplicated, except for the unresponsive touch screen. They replaced the center stack. Last Thursday they picked my car up again because my malfunction indicator was flashing, car started running rough and wanted to die. I also had four other warning lights come on, engine temperature, oil pressure, charging system and power steering. I just received a voicemail that once again nothing could be duplicated after them driving 47 miles intermittently.
    They said I had a #2 cylinder misfire so they replaced a spark plug and that was the cause of my malfunction indicator light flashing.
    I have insisted that they take back the car. It is having the same issues that it was originally bought back for in the first place. I don’t feel safe driving it, or having my kids in it. They told me they will not just buy it back. I was first told they had to take advantage of my warranty and try and fix the issues. Well that hasn’t happened.
    My question is, with this vehicle already being a buy back, and now I’m having problems within four months of owning it, what can I do?
    This is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

  56. I literally bought my car December 2, 2016. It will start then after it warms up it won’t turn over after I turn it off. Is this cover under the lemon law. And should I be responsible for repairs even though they made me sign papers stating that I can’t take them to court for the car at all. The car I bought 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix.

  57. I bought an Odes Dominator UTV in February 2017 in Indiana, I live in Illinois. After 4 weeks of road only driving (approx. 35 miles) and not over 35 MPH the transmission starting acting up. I took it to a certified Odes service station in Covington, IN and they had it 3 weeks and never did anything to it. The owner continually told me he was getting to it and then finally just said take it somewhere else, I should have bought it from him if I wanted him to fix it. I picked it up, took it home, when I turned it off and pulled the key out it continued to run. I called Teds where I bought it and they told me to disconnect the battery to shut if off. Additionally the brakes are sticking and need repaired. I now have had it at the dealership I purchased it at in Indianapolis for a week and they have done nothing with it. They tell me that Odes will not respond to them and they cannot do anything until they do. They continually bad mouth the manufacturer and say that they are unhappy because they cannot get a response from Odes. They also tell me they have another UTV they sold there with the exact same issue. I have had this UTV for approx. 10 weeks and 6 of them it has been not been drivable. Do I have any options on replacement, reimbursement, anything?

  58. I am in CA state and bought a brand new Mazda. I noticed steering wheel vibrations along with cabin vibrations (lately) at idle. Vehicle has been in service center 3 times since original purchase date 45 days back (only 2 of them provide official service record). First technician (~750 miles) said the vehicle had no problems at all. In my second visit to another service center (~800 miles), technician adjusted front wheel weights by few gms (rebalanced tires) but problem still persists. In my third visit to another service center, technician stated that cabin vibrations at idle is more than other similar vehicle and they filed a techline support case with Mazda (haven’t heard back yet). Would this qualify as potential lemon? Is my case strong?

    Since first technician only drove the vehicle and reported nothing to be wrong, i do not have any service record. I still continue to feel those vibrations…

    Thank you

  59. We purchased a new 2016 Nissan Altima in January. It has “fallen on it’s face” while pulling into traffic numerous times. We keep taking it back (5 times now) and they “cannot replicate the problem”. They even connected a recording devise of some kind to it, and it recorded nothing. Only one time did the service manager ride with my husband and replicate the problem, but they aren’t sure what is causing it.
    This car is dangerous especially when pulling out into traffic. My husband typed a very long email to the manufacturer and has contact the manager at the dealership about his concerns with the safety of this vehicle.
    Recently the Nissan dealer told him “you can report it to the Attorney General, but you may be better just trading it since you got such a good deal.”
    I think this is a line…I think it is a lemon! And I know it is dangerous!

  60. Can a legitimate attorney request service records when the deal fails to provide them?

  61. bought a used car less then a month ago and car is stalling and jerking and will not drive right car lot says they cant fix it under the warranty until i can find out what is causing the issue and that i will have to pay for all that and then they can do something about it. does this fall under the lemon law or any other law

  62. I live in Louisiana. I bought a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe 10/2016 starting July 2017 I began having issues with my car stalling, not starting, even stopping while I was driving. I contacted the service department via email and they never replied to my email about my issue. I* have tried to contact the General Manager today about my reaching out to the service department and my warranty coverage since I now have had my car a year. I have not heard back yet. We believe it’s an electrical charging issue. I have had issues with this dealership since day one when I purchased my car when the sale person lied about some “the sale” when it came down to me signing all my paperwork. He promised me so much mileage at no cost and at signing they were charging me. Then when I said something about it, the Salesman stated it never said anything. The sad thing is I had a witness the entire time and he was proved to have lied. The only thing is I don’t remember if they still gave me the warranty based of what the Saleman told me or not. So, I am scared I may not be covered to get my car fixed by the dealership and stuck with this lemon. Is there anything I can do if I am not covered?

  63. I leased my 2000 cavalier fr a local dealership, the day I pulled off the lot I heard a bad grinding coming from the front passenger strut. Later that day I lost all power steering fluid and have had to continuously had to fill it up with fluid to even be able to drive around town. The very next day I noticed a hole in my condenser, later that day while it was parked idling at the store, I walked out to see all the coolant on the ground under the bumper. My main question is if I am a mechanic myself do I need to have it taken to a shop for it to qualify as a lemon or can I have it written off my another local mechanic?

  64. I got a traffic ticket for defective brake lights consecutive within the warranty period & continues electric failures. Does Lemon law cover this? Let me know please!

  65. My wife has a 2016 Jaguar and her car meets all of the Calif Lemon Law requirements: 1)A new motor vehicle that is used or bought for use primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. Includes the chassis portion of motor homes. 2) Repair Interval and Coverage Period2 repair attempts for a defect that might cause death or serious injury or 4 repair attempts or 30 calendar days out of service.
    3) 18 months or 18,000 miles.

    After gaining agreement with the manufacture several months ago that we in fact had a lemon law car on our hands we find ourselves in a conundrum. The model they promised to provide us is no longer being manufactured. This being the case I am thinking that they owe us money since they can’t preform by getting us a similar car.

    I want to be prepared to discuss what the renumeration should be. I am lead to believe they owe us the original cost of the car including sales tax, lic, etc. This is not what they are suggesting. Can you enlighten me?

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