Washington has a positive set of Lemon Laws. The number
of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, although serious defects require less repair attempts. Additionally, the consumer does not have to notify and give the manufacturer one last repair attempt..
Washington Lemon Law Rating: 4 (Slightly Positive- Slightly favors the consumer)
- New vehicles sold or leased and registered in Washington
- Includes the non-livable sections of motor homes
- Commercial vehicles from fleets of 10 vehicles or less
- Includes motorcycles
What constitutes a "lemon":
- Four unsucessful repair attempts. Two attempts must have occured during the manufacturer's express written warranty period.
- Two unsuccessful repair attempts of a serious defect. One attempt must have occurred within the manufacturer's written warranty.
- 30 calendar days out of service. 15 of those days must have occurred during the manufacturer's written warranty.
- Two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first
What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in Washington:
- 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
- Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile
Lemon Laws in Other States