Oklahoma Lemon Law

Oklahoma consumers with lemon vehicles may be protected under either the Oklahoma Lemon Law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (the federal lemon law), or both. Remedies may include refund, replacement or cash compensation such as diminished value and/or incidental and consequential damages. Attorneys’ fees also available meaning qualified consumers may receive Oklahoma lemon law attorney representation at no cost.

And even if a vehicle doesn’t qualify under either of these lemon laws, the Truth In Lending Act and/or other related car buying laws may provide an avenue to recover cash damages that can help you trade out or pay for repairs.

Connect here for a free, no obligation Oklahoma Lemon Law case review. In most instances to qualify under a lemon law your vehicle must only have an unreasonable repair history under the warranty, including (but not limited to) 3-4 repair attempts for the same problem, 6 repairs total on the vehicle, or 30 days out of service by reason of repair.

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Oklahoma Lemon Law (15 Okl.St.Ann 901 to 15 Okl.St.Ann 901.1)

Oklahoma Lemon Law Statutes. 15 Okl.St.Ann 901. Motor vehicles–Repairing under warranty

A. As used in this section:

1. “Consumer” means the purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, of a motor vehicle, any person to whom such motor vehicle is transferred during the duration of an express warranty applicable to such motor vehicle, and any other person entitled by the terms of such warranty to enforce the obligations of the warranty; and
2. “Motor vehicle” means any motor-driven vehicle required to be registered under the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle License and Registration Act, excluding vehicles above ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight and the living facilities of motor homes.

B. For the purposes of this act, if a new motor vehicle does not conform to all applicable express warranties, and the consumer reports the nonconformity, directly in writing, to the manufacturer, its agent or its authorized dealer during the term of such express warranties or during the period of one (1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever is the earlier date, the manufacturer, its agent or its authorized dealer shall make such repairs as are necessary to conform the vehicle to such express warranties, notwithstanding the fact that such repairs are made after the expiration of such term or such one-year period.
C. If the manufacturer, or its agents or authorized dealers are unable to conform the motor vehicle to any applicable express warranty by repairing or correcting any defect or condition which substantially impairs the use and value of the motor vehicle to the consumer after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall either accept a return of the vehicle from the consumer and refund to the consumer the full purchase price including all taxes, license, registration fees and all similar governmental fees, excluding interest, less a reasonable allowance for the consumer’s use of the vehicle or replace the motor vehicle with a comparable new model acceptable to the consumer. If a comparable model vehicle cannot be agreed upon, the purchase price shall be refunded less a reasonable allowance for the consumer’s use of the vehicle. Refunds shall be made to the consumer, and lienholder if any, as their interests may appear. A reasonable allowance for use shall be the purchase or lease price of the new motor vehicle multiplied by a fraction having as the denominator one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) miles and having as the numerator the miles directly attributable to use by the consumer beyond fifteen thousand (15,000) miles. It shall be an affirmative defense to any claim under this act:

1. That an alleged nonconformity does not substantially impair such use and value; or
2. That a nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of a motor vehicle.
In no event shall the presumption described in this subsection apply against a manufacturer unless the manufacturer has received prior direct written notification from or on behalf of the consumer and has had an opportunity to cure the defect alleged.

D. It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been undertaken to conform a motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties, if:

1. The same nonconformity has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents or authorized dealers within the express warranty term or during the period of one (1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever is the earlier date, but such nonconformity continues to exist; or
2. The vehicle is out of service by reason of repair for a cumulative total of thirty (30) business days during such term or during such period, whichever is the earlier date.
The term of an express warranty, such one-year period and such thirty-day period shall be extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available to the consumer because of a war, invasion, strike, fire, flood or other natural disaster.

E. Nothing in this act shall in any way limit the rights or remedies which are otherwise available to a consumer under any other law.
F. If a manufacturer has established an informal dispute settlement procedure which complies in all respects with the provisions of Title 16, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 703, as from time to time amended, the provisions of subsection C of this section concerning refunds or replacement shall not apply to any consumer who has not first resorted to such procedure.
G. The Oklahoma Attorney General shall prepare and place on the Attorney General’s website a written statement explaining the rights of a purchaser under this law. The dealer shall provide to the purchaser at the time of the original purchase of a new motor vehicle the written statement prepared by the Attorney General.
H. Vehicles returned pursuant to the provisions of this act may not be resold in this state unless:

1. The manufacturer provides the same express warranty the manufacturer provided the original purchaser, except that the term of the warranty need only last for twelve thousand (12,000) miles or twelve (12) months after the date of resale, whichever is earlier; or
2. The manufacturer, through the licensed dealer, provides the consumer with a written statement on a separate piece of paper that clearly discloses the reason or reasons the vehicle was reacquired by the manufacturer.

I. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection H of this section, returned vehicles shall not be resold if a new motor vehicle has been returned pursuant to the provisions of this act or a similar statute in another state because of nonconformity resulting in a complete failure of the braking or steering system likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven.
J. In any civil action pursuant to this section wherein the consumer is the prevailing party in the civil action, the consumer shall recover all costs and reasonable attorney fees as determined by the court.

Oklahoma Lemon Law Rights. 15 Okl.St.Ann 901.1. Lemon Law Buyback certificate of title notation

Any manufacturer who reacquires or assists a dealer or lienholder to reacquire a motor vehicle registered in this state, prior to any sale, lease, or transfer of the vehicle in this state, or prior to exporting the vehicle to another state for sale, lease, or transfer if the vehicle was registered in this state and reacquired pursuant to this law shall:

1. Cause the vehicle to be retitled in the name of the manufacturer; and
2. Request the Oklahoma Tax Commission to brand the certificate of title with the notation “Lemon Law Buyback”.

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25 comments

  1. hi, Im leasing a 2007 chrysler 300, two months ago and my car has been in the shop over 5 times. i believed my car my have been wrecked and the used dealership failed to inform me. They aslo refuse to give me a loaner car and i have colison coverage and liability. Any advise to take action?

  2. Hi, My husband and i just leased a car from a dealership back in May it has been in the shop multiple times over many things not only that its has been over a month+ since we have recieved our title and the paper tag is now out of date im not sure who to contact or talk to i just need some advice.

  3. Hi, I’m buying a 2008 dodge ram quad cab 1500. I’ve had engine problems with it since 2 weeks after I bought it. I took it to dealership that I bought it from 4 or 5 times for the same problem. When they finally said they couldn’t fix it they told me that since it had been 45 days since I bought it that the warranty had finally kicked in and to take it to a dodge dealership to be fixed. They worked on it and replaced several parts on the engine and still I had the same engine problem. They finally replaced the engine with a refurbished engine and now it’s back in the shop for engine problems. Suggestions?

  4. I need to know if I am still obligated to pay a woman on a car that I purchased on the 10 of July it has been in shop 3 time since I got it.this time I nearly lost my life the brake would not stop at 65 miles per he. On the highway. I am afraid of the car now and I asked if they could give me another car the once nice salesman told me No. So I took they keys to him. And told him he can come get it.

  5. Vehicle under warranty.dealership said come pick it up. And wanted to charge 500. Drove the car it was not fixed. Now they are trying to get us to buy something else.

  6. I purchased a 2013 dodge dart with 47k miles, No warranty but it already has problems with the speedometer on the car. Lemon Laws helpful? I have had the car less than a week.

  7. I purchased a 2008 dodge nitro on 8/15/2015 and the alarm system keeps going off, the windshield wipers turn on along with the fluid, horn goes off and the car completely shuts down until i unhook the battery and remove a certain fuse for about 30 minutes to reset everything. I called the used dealership that im buying the car from and they said they cant get me into the dealerships auto dept until September 15th 2015. What can I do?? Im afraid they are going to tell me the 30 day warranty has expired and they cant help me when i take my vehicle in on September 15th 2015
    i also have read that the TIMP module goes out frequently with the 2008 dodge nitro. The car dealership also stated they are not reliable for electrical problems to the vehicles they sale and had us sign a waver for that as well.

  8. Hi I just signed for a 2005 Tahoe and before I signed the dealership put me in a rental car for a month until repairs were done. Well when he called for us to pick up the truck he informed us all problems were taken care of and we needed to come and sign the paper work with the finance company. And Yes I have it all in text messages.once we signed for the truck then took the rental back to the dealership and pickedup the truck the only thing they did was put new tires on there. He told us to bring the truck back up there the next week to have the repairs done. So we waited then he says he is waiting for it to clear with warranty and our appointment will be for tomorrow which was a Friday we said OK. So we drove all the way down there and nothing had been scheduled. It was a waste. So we waited to the next week on Tuesday and he tells us to speak with so and so he will handle everything he quit. Which he didn’tso we took it to service for the repair to be done and nothing still was fixed then they tried to hold my truck hostage until paid first the diadiagnostic test that was ran. Then we asked to speak with the agent and waited for 20 minutes the receptionist was told to just hand us our keys and they would take care of the charge.The truck has major iissue which we discussed that was suppose to be repaired and now they are trying to say I have to pay for all the issues. I need some advise there is also some theft involving the other vehicle I was in as Well. I need some advice. Everything is in text messages was well

  9. My mom purchased a car in 2014 and took,the one year manufacturer warranty. She has been driving it for a year…then noticed a noxious, toxic smells…took it to a dealer who stated that in his 30 years of working he has never seen anything like this. After researching, we found that the 2015 version had a recall for possibly this issue, the smell almost made her pass out…she had to go to urgent care. We are suspecting black mold somewhere in the car…and we are suspecting this was an underlying problem prior to purchase…and it took a year for this bacteri. To grow out. She is forced to be without a car..she want to give the car back . would this fall under the “as is” clause…or could there be other ways to handle this since its a potential environmental hazard. Its a 2014 chevy captiva.

  10. I purchased a 2003 Chevy Malibu on November 21st 2015. Faults upon buying were the tires needing replaced, a window regulator and to check why the brake light and ABS light are on the dash even though the emergency brake is off.
    On Monday, November 23rd 2015 I had the front tires from my trade in vehicle (1994 Mercury Sable) put on the front wheels of the Chevy Malibu. On Tuesday, November 24th 2015 the check engine light came on, I called the dealership and asked to speak with Jennifer but she was out sick for the day so I was unable to speak with her regarding this issue. I also went and had a diagnostic ran on it which I was told the O2 sensor or catalytic convertor.
    Since then my ignition has broken, I cannot shut the car completely off, I have to remove the ACC fuse every time I shut the engine off in order to avoid my battery from being drained.
    Along with the issues stated above, my blinkers only work from time to time. Faulty wiring? The blinkers work fine is I have the ACC fuse out but then none of my gages on the dash work.
    I have had the vehicle for a week and a half and now I am expected to pay half/half on cost of parts and repairs for the vehicle, not only that but now with the hassle of the ignition being out, I am having to wait till Friday, December 11th 2015 to get it into their mechanic for repairs and also missing a full day (8 hours) of work because this is my only vehicle.
    I feel my car ‘may’ be covered under the Lemon Law and would like more information regarding that and what I can do about my vehicle. If this isn’t the case, I am needing to know what steps to take in making sure that I have a reliable vehicle for work and needs for my son.
    Thank you for your time,
    Christian Knight

  11. I’m buying a car from a car lot. I put the down payment down on November 12th 2015, and since then it has broken down on me 6 or 7 times. The last time it broke down was on December 25th 2015. And I contacted the car lot and it took them almost 5 days to go pick it up on the side of the road. They have since told me it is the alternator and it isn’t listed under the warranty and are wanting to have the shop they use to put a used alternator on my car. The manager called me January 4, 2016 and said my car would be fixed and ready to be picked up. I called January 5, 2016 and the manager wasn’t there and I was told to call back January 6, 2016. I have a payment due January 6, 2016 but I don’t feel I should have to pay it due to the fact that I haven’t even got to drive my car much. Its been broke down more than anything. I live an hour away from where I work and have been having to get rides to and from work. This is a hardship and very inconvenient for me. I just want to be treated fair and have a working vehicle to get back and forth to work. What should I do?

  12. I bought a 2003 dodge caravan for $1799 and the next day the check engine light came on they said because it was a hole sale they cant do anything about it and I hit a curb going about 10 miles and they said my tire rod was bent and it would cost $1500 to fix and it has damaged to the back end when I bought it they didn’t say how or what happened I asked many times if anything was wrong with it and they didn’t answer me and I have a 5 month old son he will be 6 months on the 20 and it is no longer safe to drive and I bought the car on 1/02/16 and the battery had to be replaced that is the only thing that they have done

  13. I purchased my car February 8th & the battery died on me the 15th. I had the car for a week, haven’t even made a payment yet & already have this problem. When I purchased the car, the dealer kept stressing that I needed to get a warranty on the battery, then the battery goes out. It seems like he knew something was wrong with the car when he sold it to me.

  14. My dad and I bought a 2008 Toyota Camry solaria
    About November and it hasn’t even made it to its first oil change and is using oil. And it has lower engine problems now I consider. Myself a safe driver. And I am confused because the last two used cars I have bought from a Toyota dealership both have had lower engine problems. They have both been Camrys one a 1997 an the other a 2008 wich I was told were both in good condition..

  15. bought a 2005 Ford Taurus station wagon the 25th of March 2016 from a man who sells cars from his home where he also does repair. The car broke down when I was going to work March the 29 2016. do I have any protection as I paid the man 900 dollars for the vehicle

  16. BRADLEE PHILLIPS

    I purchased a 2015 chevy Silverado 1500 in February 2016. Has under 13000 miles. The lifters on the left side has already been replaced. And I feel that it is making the same noise as before. I checked with 2 other service departments. And was told the cam shafts should have been replaced as well. As well as the right side lifters and cam shafts. That will mean tearing apart the engine again. I don’t think I should have to have a new truck that has had the engine torn into 2 times. That is why I bought a new truck. Does this qualify as a lemon

  17. My wife just leased a car from a dealership it’s an 2006 PT cruiser n she has had it 2weeks and the motor blew a rod and has one suspension bracket tied to the car with a piece of wire and the dealership won’t fix it or replace the car with another any advice would be nice.

  18. All within 90 days
    Total brake job (repaired out-of pocket)
    transmission leak, ( repaired out-of-pocket)
    horn not working, (not a fuse problem)
    power steering leak,
    AC condenser leak,
    AC housing leak interior, ($800.00 just for labor)

    The 5 yr/100,000 mile warranty I’m now told only covers the engine block.
    Purchased 1/8/16 auto shop analysis 3/22/16, am I just stuck with this….

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  20. My girl got financed for a car a little less than a year ago and she is still covered under a 2 year manufacturer warranty would that be covered under the lemon law for the exhaust messing up and causing a check engine light to come on

  21. I have a 2013 Ram 3500 that I purchased used with 50,000 miles on it 2 years ago, in June of 2015 a faulty clip on a transmission line caused a complete rebuild of the transmission to be needed which was covered under the 100k mile powertrain warranty, the truck was out of service for nearly a month. On July 5th of 2016 a similar problem occurred and my truck is still sitting in Tulsa waiting to be fixed, what recourse under lemon laws do i have?

  22. I bought a 99 plymouth breeze in april. The individual i purchased it from advertised the car for 2 weeks, saying that it was no longer needed, nothing was wrong besides it needed a battery. The pics shown were of a clean interior and exterior. So i purchased the car a week later took a baattery yith me and it started up. We signed the title in frot of the tag agent, and i drove 12mi. Back home, 30 minutes later the car died and hadnt started since that day. Ive replaced 5 parts and still no start. I contacted the guy that day and he stopped replying. Ive not heard from him s4nce that day. Does the Oklahoma lemon law cover me or my situation any at all???

  23. I just bought a 2000 Kia Sportage 4×4… as is I guess. The motor started knocking on my way home. The transmission went out the next day and the car won’t even start now. Plz say this law applies to me somehow. I bought it from a used car dealer.

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