Lemon Law

What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?

This law covers passenger vehicles that were sold or registered in the District of Columbia, and that have a primary purpose of transporting a driver and one or more passengers on streets, roads, or highways.

The law does not cover buses sold for public transportation, motorcycles, motor homes, and motorized recreational vehicles.

The following table summarizes what is covered, how many times the vehicle has to be repaired for the same defect and the warranty period.

Vehicles Covered Repair Interval and Coverage Period
Any vehicle sold or registered that is designed for transporting persons. Excludes buses, motorcycles, motor homes and recreational vehicles. 4 repair attempts or 30 days out of service.
2 years or 18,000 miles.
Note: Generally, the term Repair Attempts, as it relates to Lemon Law, refers to one or more attempts to fix the same defect although some states consider a vehicle to be a lemon if it required the specified number of repairs within the coverage period.

A car is out of service while being repaired or waiting for parts.

Warranty Period refers to the Manufacturer`s Express Warranty. Where the Coverage Period lists more than 1 option, the period applies to that option which occurs first.

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