State Lemon Laws

Q: How do I know if my Car is a Lemon?

A: If you are reading this website, there is a very good chance that your car is a lemon.  Persistent problems, defects that have taken multiple attempts to repair, and any defects that signicantly endanger the driver or passengers of the car may classify the car as a lemon.  If the car continually stalls, doesn't start, continually blows important fuses or the doors don't latch your car may be a lemon.

However, if your car has peeling paint, the radio gets bad reception, the seat is difficult to move or uncomfortable then you probably do not have a lemon.  In nearly all states, a lemon is defined as a vehicle that has substantial problems that affect the value, use or safety of the vehicle.

Simply having a lemon does not entitle you to compensation.  You must carefully track and document the problem and give the manufacturer the opportunity to fix the problem.  The specific steps that you must take vary by state and some states records-keeping requirements are more stringent than others. 

If you think that you have a lemon, make certain that you understand the records that your state requires to to keep so that you do not lose the compensation you are entitled to. 

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