The Lemon Law term of protection is the time period during which your vehicle can qualify as a lemon. This lemon protection period is defined as the length of the manufacturer`s express warranties, 2 years from the date of delivery to the original consumer buyer, or 18,000 miles of use, whichever comes first. This means that the defects you are complaining about must occur before any of these periods run out. This protection period can be extended if repair services are not available due to strikes, fire, or natural disasters. Under this term of protection, second owners of vehicles can still be eligible for state lemon law arbitration. This can happen if you purchased the vehicle used but you are still protected by the manufacturer`s original express warranty.