Lemon Laws help protect you when you buy a new car or truck (and sometimes other vehicles, depending on your state's laws). Lemon Laws allow you to return a defective vehicle to the manufacturer in certain circumstances. Note that specifics of Lemon Laws vary from state to state, so be sure to find out what your state says about them. It's often difficult to get the manufacturer to accept the return, and the situation can result in arbitration.
If your car has a serious defect that makes it difficult to operate or has a negative impact on its safety or value, it may be a lemon. There are certain criteria that will help define whether or not your car is a lemon. If the following is true, then you probably have a lemon:
If you think your car might be a lemon, it's important to keep a thorough and accurate log of all attempts to fix the problem. Protect yourself with these steps:
If you have taken reasonable steps to fix the problem and it has still not been resolved, you can seek arbitration if any of the following applies:
Used cars, leased cars, RVs, and motorcycles may also be covered by lemon laws, but it varies from state to state. An experienced attorney in your state can help you with lemon law arbitration.