State Lemon Laws

Tennesee Lemon Law Advice


Tennesee has a 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.

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

Vehicles Covered:

  • Vehicles sold or leased and registered in Tennesee
  • Excludes motorcycles, motorhomes, ATVs or other recreational vehicles
  • Excludes vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Four unsuccessful repair attempts (plus one last attempt after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • 30 business days out of service and the defect continues to exist (plus ten days during the last attempt)

Valid for:

  • End of the manufacturer's express warranty or one year whichever comes first

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

  • 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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