In Michigan, the lemon law was enacted to protect you. If you have bought or leased a new car, having an understanding of how the lemon law works in Michigan is the first step in knowing whether or not you are due compensation. The term “lemon law” itself is meant to describe vehicles that are defective or that, even after having been repaired many times, continue to have issues.
Conditions that Must be Met
There are certain conditions that need to be met in order for your car to be considered a lemon under Michigan’s law:
It must be a four-wheeled vehicle that is used for your personal, household, or family use; or business use in a fleet of less than 10, only using pickups or vans. This does not include trucks, buses or motor homes.
There must have been at least four attempts at unsuccessful repairs.
The vehicle must still be within its warranty period or within one year of purchase, whichever of these occurs first.
If you can prove that these above conditions have been met, under the Michigan Lemon Law either the manufacturer of the vehicle or the dealer who sold or leased the vehicle is required to do the following:
If you purchased the car, it is a manufacturer’s responsibility to replace it with a vehicle that is currently in production and is comparable to the one you bought. It must be acceptable to you or the manufacturer must allow you to return the vehicle that you originally bought and refund your full purchase price.
If you leased the car, you are entitled to a full refund. You can, at your discretion, agree to accept another vehicle. If you do that, your lease will remain in full effect.
The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you negotiate a settlement for no legal fees. Those will be paid by the dealer or the manufacturer. For more details contact yourlemonlawrights.com.