Find Out if Your Car Qualifies as a Lemon in Michigan

MichiganVehicles qualify under the Michigan Lemon Law, if they are new vehicles that were purchased or leased in Michigan or purchased or leased by a Michigan resident for personal, family or household use. There must be a problem that first occurred during the first year of the purchase or lease that substantially impaired the use or value of the vehicle that was not repaired in a reasonable number of attempts by the manufacturer or its dealership. A reasonable amount of attempts is normally four repair visits in the first two years following initial report to the manufacturer or dealership OR 30 days out of service during the first year. The problem must continue to exist and must be reported directly to the manufacturer by return receipt service. The manufacturer must be provided an opportunity to repair the vehicle.

If Your Car Is a Lemon, You Have Two Options

If your vehicle is a Lemon, the manufacturer must either:

  1. Replace it with a comparable new car or
  2. Offer a repurchase, which means the manufacturer must pay off the vehicle and refund the remainder of the purchase price plus charges such as interest, towing and car rental. A mileage deduction shall be subtracted consisting of the number of miles on the odometer at the time the problem was first reported plus the miles over 25,000, divided by 100,000, and then times the purchase or lease price. The amount of mileage deduction may be reduced by the amount over 25,000 miles if it is determined that the vehicle did not provide transportation for ordinary household or personal use.

Car Not a Lemon?

What if your vehicle does not meet the requirements of the Lemon Law? You still may be entitled to money, and be able to keep you car. State and federal breach of warranty laws provide recourse for people whose cars don't meet Lemon Law requirements but still experienced significant problems that were unfixable within a reasonable amount of time or reasonable number of attempts.

What Issues Are Covered Under the Michigan Lemon Law?

Many types of issues are covered under the Michigan Lemon Law, including water leaks, oil leaks, engine knocking, engine failure, transmission leaks, transmission slipping, steering vibration, steering pulling, rough shifting, failure to start, slow starting, stalling or hesitation, and many, many other problems.

Are Leased Cars Covered Under the Michigan Lemon Law?

Yes. The Michigan Lemon Law covers both leased and purchased vehicles.

Are Boats, Motorcycles or ATVs Covered in Michigan?

Boats, motorcycles and ATVs are not covered under the Michigan Lemon Law. However, you may still be able to receive cash under state and federal breach of warranty laws if your vehicle has a problem that was not repaired in a reasonable amount of time or reasonable number of attempts.

Get Legal Help Today. Bringing Your Case Will Cost You Nothing.

Legal representation at Roseman Law Firm is free to consumers, with costs and fees paid by the manufacturer and not you. Fighting for your rights under the Lemon Law costs you nothing out of pocket. Call today to see if you qualify under the Lemon Law at 800-745-5259 or contact us online.