While the Michigan Lemon Law has some complexity, the basics are quite easy to understand.
There are 2 ways to qualify
- At least 3 repair attempts for the same defect or condition
The vehicle must be subject to at least 3 repair attempts for the same defect or condition that substantially impairs the use or value of the vehicle. AND, the manufacturer must be permitted a final repair attempt. One of the 3 repair attempts must occur within the first year from the delivery to the original consumer, and all of the repair attempts must occur within two years from the date of the first repair attempt.
- At least 25 days out of service within the first year from delivery
The vehicle must out of service because of repairs for a total of 25 or more days or parts of days within 1 year from the date of delivery to the original consumer, AND, the manufacturer must be permitted a final repair attempt.
In addition to the above requirements, the vehicle defect must be significant. The defect must cause impairment of the use or value of the vehicle. Some defects that clearly qualify include
- Engine defects
- Transmission defects
- Oil consumption
- Paint or other significant cosmetic defects
- Suspension or driveability defects
- Navigation defects that create safety concerns or use/value impairment
- Stalling or no-start issues
- Battery defects
What defects may not qualify
- Minor noises
- Lack of maintenance or other owner abuse problems
Another important factor for Michigan Lemon Law is that not all types of vehicles qualify.
What vehicles qualify?
- New vehicles qualify
- Vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family or household use qualify
- Vehicles that have defects that impair the use and/or value of the vehicle qualify
What vehicles do not qualify?
- Used vehicles do not qualify, (unless they still have the remainder of the manufacturer's warranty at the time of purchase/lease AND have been subject to at least one repair attempt within the first year of original purchase/lease)
- Boats, RV's, motorcycles and ATV's do not qualify
- Vehicles purchased/leased for business do not qualify
- Vehicles purchased "as-is" do not qualify
How to get started
If you have a vehicle that you believe qualifies for Michigan Lemon Law treatment, contact Adam Alexander right away for a free consultation at (248) 246-6353 or email at [email protected].