State Lemon Laws

Virginia Lemon Law Advice


Virginia has a slightly negative set of Lemon Laws. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, except for defects that seriously affect the safety of the vehicle. However, the term is short and requires an express written warranty from the manufacturer

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

Vehicles Covered:

  • Cars, pickups, motorcycles & mopeds sold for family use that have an express written warranty
  • Includes the motorized sections of motor homes
  • Includes motorcycles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Three unsucessful repair attempts
  • 30 business days out of service
Valid for:
  • 18 months

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

  • 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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