Colorado Lemon Law Rights Consumer Guide
This guide contains a great explanation of the Colorado lemon law statute and provides lots of answers to Colorado Lemon Law FAQ’s, including the Colorado lemon law definition and presumptions. You can read this guide to learn about your rights, or if you want free lemon law help, simply connect with a Colorado lemon law attorney for a free lemon law case review and free lemon law representation! Simply put, we are your one stop lemon law info source whenever you need help with the Colorado car lemon law. This Guide was compiled by the Colorado Office of the Attorney General and is brought to you here courtesy of CarLemon.The Colorado Lemon Law Consumer Guide Shows You How the Colorado Lemon Law Applies to You and Your New Vehicle
When you purchase a new vehicle, it usually comes with a warranty. Most of these warranties state that the manufacturer will repair or replace defective parts according to the terms of the warranty. This statement does not mean you automatically get another car or a refund if you think you’ve bought a defective vehicle or a “lemon.” The warranty is simply the manufacturer’s promise to do certain things. You have to read the warranty to see what is promised. For example, most new car warranties do not provide you with a car to use while yours is being repaired.
If you buy a vehicle with a manufacturer’s warranty and it has a defect that cannot be repaired, you may have recourse under the Colorado Automobile Lemon Law. The Colorado lemon law on new cars covers only NEW self-propelled vehicles, including pickups and vans. Motor homes and motorcycles are excluded from the Lemon Law.
If you buy a new vehicle that has a defect that substantially impairs its use and market value within one year following purchase, and the defect is not repaired after a “reasonable number of attempts,” a court may order the manufacturer to replace the vehicle or refund the purchase price minus a reasonable allowance for your use of the vehicle.
Under the law, a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair applies when the SAME defect remains after being repaired four or more times within the first year after the date of original delivery. It also applies when the vehicle is out of service for repairs for a cumulative total of 30 or more business days during the warranty term or one year after original delivery, whichever comes first.
Defects, such as a rattle or squeak, which do not substantially impair the use and market value of the vehicle are not covered. Neither are defects resulting from abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the vehicle by a consumer.
Prior to suing a manufacturer for a refund of replacement vehicle, you must first send a written notice of defect by certified mail to the manufacturer, give them a chance to repair it and go through the manufacturer’s informal dispute settlement procedure, if one exists.
Your owner/warranty manual should contain a form with the manufacturer’s name and business address where you can send the notice of defect.
If you are unable to locate this information, contact the local, state or regional office of the manufacturer.
The information in this brochure is based on Sections 42-10-101 through 107 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of this publication is to provide information of a general character only and accurate as of the date of publication.