State Lemon Laws

Maryland Lemon Law Advice


Maryland has a slightly negative set of Lemon Laws. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, and the warranty period is short. Additionally, the definition of what vehicles are covered is narrow.

Maryland Lemon Law Rating: 2 (slightly negative- slightly favors the manufacturer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • Purchased and leased vehicles that are registered in Maryland
  • Excludes motor homes
  • Excludes trucks with a capacity of one ton or more
  • Includes multipurpose vehicles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Four unsuccessful repair attempts (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • One unsuccessful attempt for a problem in the braking and steering system (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • 30 calendar days out of service and the defect continues to exist (plus 30 days for the last attempt)

Valid for:

  • 15 months or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first

What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in Maryland:

  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. That notification letter must be sent via certified mail
  • You will be required to give the manufacturer one last attempt to repair the vehicle
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

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