Effective January 4, 1999, consumers who lease new motor vehicles for personal, family or household use are afforded the same legal remedies as purchasers of motor vehicles.
The new law protects a consumer whose new motor vehicle has a defect or condition that impairs the use or value of the new motor vehicle to the consumer. Each consumer will have his or her own opinion whether the defect or condition meets this level of impairment. The important part is that the defect or condition must be measured from the point of view of the individual consumer, not the manufacturer or dealer. Clearly an engine, transmission, brake or steering defect may meet this level of impairment. However, a persistent intermittent defect, such as a water leak, noxious odor, or paint problem may also be a defect or condition entitling the consumer to relief under the Lemon Law.
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 new car, van or truck bought by a resident of Michigan for personal or family use.||4 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service|
|Warranty period or 1 year.|
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