Lemon Law Guide, Resources & information
The term "Lemon Law" is given to a body of law that is designed to protect the buyers of new cars from certain problems with their newly purchased cars. Lemon law claims are made against the manufacturer of the vehicle, not the dealership that sold you the new car.
A new car typically qualifies as a "lemon" when it has a defect that substantially affects its use, safety, or value. Lemon laws may be implicated by problems including having a car that repeatedly won't start, which has brake problems, or which doesn't properly shift gears. Ordinarily there must have been repeated unsuccessful efforts to repair the same car problem before lemon law will apply. In most states, three or four repair attempts are required. There may be a threshold number of days the car is under repair at the manufacturer's facility before lemon laws apply. Please check your local law - in some states the failure to fix certain major car problems on the first attempt may trigger the state's lemon law.
Under lemon law, the repair attempts must occur within a warranty period, typically defined by statute. That warranty period may not be the same as the manufacturer's warranty.
Please note that lemon law focuses on problems from the same defect. A new car which has a dozen different problems during the warranty period, but no recurring problems, is not a lemon in the eyes of the law. (As noted below, the owner of such a car may have remedies available under other laws.)
Document the Car Problem, It is very important that you properly document your lemon law claim.
Know your rights and exercise them for a safe, better future.