State Lemon Laws

Missouri Lemon Law Advice


Missouri has a relatively negative set of Lemon Laws. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, the repair period is relatively short and the definition of vehicles covered is rather narrow. However, Missouri does provide for a more rapid escalation if the defect is a serious safety defect.

Missouri Lemon Law Rating: 2 (Slightly Negative- favors the manufacturer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • All vehicles sold or leased in Missouri that are used for personal or family purposes. The law requires that the vehicle be sold with warranty provisions.
  • Includes the motorized section of motor homes
  • Excludes motorcycles, mopeds and off-road vehicles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Four unsucessful repair attempts (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • One unsuccessful repair attempt for a serious safety defect (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified).
  • 30 business days out of service
Valid for:
  • The express written warranty or one year of ownership.

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

  • 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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