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What exactly is a lemon law? In the dictionary a lemon law is explained as a law obligating manufactures to repair, replace, or refund the price of motor vehicles that prove to be defective. The lemon law is designed to protect consumers that purchase new vehicles. All fifty states in the United States have lemon laws, but each state has different principles and procedures. But how do you know what defects qualify your vehicle, and how do you prove it? Basically, if your car has been repaired for the same defect four or more times and the problem is still occurring, you have a lemon. Of course, the defect must be something significant which substantially hinders the vehicle’s use, value or safety.

Eligibility: 4 unsuccessful repairs or 30 calendar days out of service within shorter of 1 year or 15,000 miles.

Resolution Attempt: Written notice to manufacturer or dealer who has 7 days for final repair opportunity.

(Manufacturer's informal arbitration process serves as prerequisite to consumer refund or replacement.) Law specifically applies to leased vehicles.

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