State Lemon Laws

North Carolina Lemon Law Advice


North Carolina 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 valid period is relatively long. However, the definition of vehicles covered is rather broad.

North Carolina Lemon Law Rating: 1 ( Negative- favors the manufacturer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • All vehicles sold or leased in North Carolina weigh less than 10,000 pounds
  • Includes the motorized section of motor homes (as long as the motor home weighs less than 10,000 pounds)
  • Includes motorcycles, mopeds and off-road vehicles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Four unsucessful repair attempts (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • 20 business days out of service
Valid for:
  • The defects must be reported within the first 12,000 miles or one year of service, whichever is greater.
  • The terms of the law apply until 24,000 miles or two years of service.

What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in North Carolina:

  • 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 your vehicle.
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

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