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STATE LEMON LAW CRITERIA

  STATE LEMON LAW CRITERIA

Alabama

Qualification: 3 unsuccessful repairs or 30 calendar days within shorter of 24 months or 24,000 miles, provided 1 repair attempt or 1 day out of service is within shorter of 1 year or 12,000 miles. Notification/Trigger: Certified mail notice to manufacturer + opportunity for final repair attempt within 14 calendar days.

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Federal Lemon Law

Using Your State's Lemon-Law

The theme of state lemon laws is that a manufacturer must provide a refund or replacement for a defective new vehicle that is not repaired within a reasonable number of attempts. Most such laws provide for refund or replacement when a substantial defect cannot be fixed in 4 tries, a safety defect within 2 tries or the auto is out of service for 30 days, within the first 12-18,000 miles/12-24 months.

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SMALL CLAIMS COURTS


Small claims courts, designed to provide a fast, efficient and inexpensive way to resolve claims of individuals against merchants or large corporations, are potentially a great resource to consumers. They are one of the best ways for consumers to settle disputes with a dealer, service station, repair shop, garage, or auto manufacturer.

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THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT: AN OVERVIEW



THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT– AN OVERVIEW

In 1975 Congress adopted a piece of landmark legislation, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The Act was designed to prevent manufacturers from drafting grossly unfair consumer warranties and to make it economically viable for consumers to bring warranty suits by providing for the award of attorney's fees. States built on the themes of the Magnuson-Moss Act by later passing their own lemon laws.

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