Lemon Laws Explained

Purchasing a vehicle is one of the most important decisions you can make as a consumer, however, whether is new or used, you could end up buying a lemon.

What is a lemon car?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, certain elements need to be present. The simple fact that you need to bring your can in for service or to the mechanic does not mean that you have a lemon.

The issue a hand needs to be recurrent for a certain amount of time and different in nature than a previous problem. The specific amount of time and characteristics of a lemon are determined by each estate.

The State Lemon Laws. You Are Protected

Each state defines its own regulations and requirements for vehicles to be considered lemons, the mileage, the severity and frequency of the problem and the period after the car was purchased.

Do You Qualify To Build A Lemon Law Case?

Before considering to hire an attorney, there are a few things you should have in order to present a better case. We have compiled a list for you:


  • Bring your vehicle to service whenever you notice any issues, this is the only way to have an objective assessment of the problem.
  • Keep handy all documentation and correspondence with the vehicle manufacturer.
  • When you take your car to service, make sure to put all the receipts and documents in a safe place.


  • Bring your vehicle to an unauthorized mechanic. In most cases, this automatically voids the factory warranty. If suggested by the dealership make sure to get it in writing.
  • Give up on your vehicle. Make sure to document your requests for the dealership to take care of the problems.