State Lemon Laws

Q: What are my Legal Rights if my car is a Lemon?


A:  This is one of the areas that lemon laws differs the most by state.

In all states, you must document your problems and attempt(s) to have those problems repaired. 

In some states you may need a lawyer to navigate the process for financial recompensation.  In other states, you can easily navigate the process on your own through an arbitration process.

There is also usually an eligible period for the automobile to qualify for that state's Lemon Law.  The eligible periods are defined by either time, mileage or a combination of both (except in Vermont, where it only applies to the express warranty period provided by the manufacturer).  These periods usually range from 1 to 2 years and/or 12,000 to 24,000 miles.

Your compensation also differs by state. In some states, you are entitled to a replacement vehicle.  In other states, you are entitled to a full or partial refund. 

Most lemon law attorneys will provide a free consultation and give you a quick assessment of your rights and your potential compensation.  Before you contact an attorney, educate yourself on the basic parameter's of the laws in your state so that you will make the most use of that time.  Take a look through our state by state content. 
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