Colorado Lemon Law
The Colorado Lemon Law statute provides protection to purchasers of cars and trucks that are defective. Specifically, the Colorado Lemon Law applies to any new or used vehicle (as described above) that was bought or leased in Colorado and meets the following criteria:
- It is used normally for personal, family or household purposes. The law does cover commercial vehicles nor those that are used primarily for business purposes.
- It was designed primarily for travel on the public highway.
- It is used to carry not more than ten people.
- It has experienced at least one defect or nonconformity that substantially impairs the use and value of the vehicle.
Vehicle warrantors must repair the defects in a consumer’s vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts. Under Colorado’s Lemon Law, a “reasonable number of attempts” means one (or both) of the following:
- The vehicle has been delivered to an authorized repair facility at least four times for the same defect during the term of the manufacturer’s warranty or within the first year after the vehicle was purchased (whichever comes first), and the defect still exists; OR
- The vehicle was of service as a result of its defects for thirty days during the term of the manufacturer’s warranty or within the first year after the vehicle was purchased (whichever comes first).
Our attorneys have been representing Colorado consumers that have purchased or leased defective vehicles for many years. If you are unsure about whether your vehicle is a lemon, our Colorado Lemon Law attorneys can assist you and answer any questions that you have.What Will the Manufacturer Do for Me if my Vehicle Is a Lemon Vehicle?
If your vehicle is determined to be a Lemon in Colorado, you are entitled to have the manufacturer repurchase it from you or replace it with a brand new one. As an alternative, there is also the possibility of a “cash-and-keep” settlement, wherein the manufacturer would pay you money damages based on the diminished value of your vehicle due to its defects and repairs.
Benjamin is a Colorado car buyer who sought our firm’s assistance because he was having problems with the engine electrical system in his brand new Ford Escape. Benjamin took his car to an authorized Ford dealer on five separate occasions, and it was out of service for over 80 days due to the repairs for its defects and nonconformities. Benjamin was in need of a Colorado attorney that focused on Lemon Law cases, and agreed to retain our law firm to represent him. Within a few months, we were able to convince Ford to make an offer to repurchase Benjamin’s vehicle. Benjamin wanted to explore all of his options, however, so we also procured a “cash-and-keep” settlement offer from Ford, which Benjamin ultimately agreed to accept. We were able to successfully resolve his case without even having to file a lawsuit against Ford.
Even if your vehicle does not technically fall under the Lemon Law, you may still be entitled to receive compensation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the federal lemon law that applies to any defective product, whether it was purchased new or used, that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. That law also requires the warrantor to pay the consumer’s attorneys’ fees, so we don’t need to charge our clients for our services.Why Should I Choose the Weisberg Consumer Law Group to be my Lemon Law Attorneys?
Benjamin is just one of the thousands of consumers that we have represented all across the country. Our experienced Colorado Lemon Law attorneys will guide you every step of the way, and work with you directly to get the best possible result and resolution to your case. Connect here for a free, no-obligation Colorado Lemon Law case review.