LEMON LAW COVERS
OR DAYS OUT OF SERVICE
|A new motor vehicle used for personal, family, or household purposes at least 40 percent of the time.
||1 repair attempt in the braking or steering system or 4 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service for other problems
||Warranty period or 2 years, whichever occurs first.
Minnesota Lemon Law Statute
Minnesota Attorney General - Lemon Law & Car Brochure
The Manufacturer's Duty to Refund or Replace
The law has special refund and replacement provisions for cars that have substantial defects or problems, commonly called "lemons." Under the law, if the manufacturer or its authorized dealer has been unable to repair a car's problem after a "reasonable number of attempts," the buyer or lessee may go through a manufacturer's arbitration program, or to court, to seek a full refund of the car's purchase price (minus a deduction for use of the vehicle). The law considers a "reasonable number of attempts" to be any one of the following:
Four or more unsuccessful attempts to repair the same defect; or,
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One unsuccessful attempt to repair a defect which has caused the complete failure of the steering or braking system and which is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury; or,
A car which has been out of service due to warranty repairs for 30 or more cumulative business days.
In each case the initial defect must occur within the warranty period, or two years, whichever comes first, but the manufacturer's repair attempts may extend to the end of the third year. Even if you do not meet one of the above categories, you may still have a lemon law claim, but it will be harder to prove.
Situations When Refunds or Replacements Are Not Given
Be aware that the manufacturer does not have to make a refund or replace the vehicle if:
The problem does not substantially impair the use or market value of the vehicle; or,
The problem is the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the vehicle.