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Understanding Michigan’s Lemon Law

Posted by Adam Alexander | May 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The starting point for the Michigan Lemon Law is to know what vehicles qualify.

  1. New vehicles qualify
  2. Vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family or household use qualify
  3. Vehicles that have defects that impair the use and/or value of the vehicle qualify

What vehicles do not qualify

  1. 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)
  2. Boats, RV's, motorcycles and ATV's do not qualify
  3. Vehicles purchased/leased solely for business do not qualify
  4. Vehicles purchased "as-is" do not qualify

Reasonable Number of Repair Attempts

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. Summary of final repair attempt requirements may be reviewed here:


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.

Impairment of use or value

The vehicle defect must be significant.  Some defects that clearly qualify include

  1. Engine defects
  2. Transmission defects
  3. Oil consumption
  4. Paint or other significant cosmetic defects
  5. Suspension or driveability defects
  6. Navigation defects that create safety concerns or use/value impairment
  7. Stalling or no-start issues
  8. Battery defects

What defects may not qualify

  1. Minor noises
  2. Lack of maintenance or other owner abuse problems
  3. After-market items not installed by the manufacturer or dealer

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]

About the Author

Adam Alexander

My job is to help people protect their legal rights. I enjoy it. My career is focused on fighting corporate overreach and deception and representing consumers who are wronged.  Since 1996 I have helped thousands of Michigan residents fight back and pro...


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