State Lemon Laws

Washington Lemon Law Advice


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)

Vehicles Covered:

  • 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.
Valid for:
  • 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 repairs

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