Arkansas Lemon Law
The Arkansas Lemon Law applies when, during the first two (2) years or 24,000 miles (whichever occurs LAST, which is nice) following delivery of a new vehicle:
- the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem four (4) or more times — three service visits, plus one final repair attempt under the lemon law process — or
- the problem is a serious safety defect likely to cause injury or death, & the dealer has attempted to repair one (1) or more times under the lemon law process, or
- the vehicle has been out of service due to repair attempts by the dealer for a total of 30 or more calendar days.
The defect must substantially impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle. If the manufacturer can prove that it has not had a reasonable opportunity to repair your car, you may not be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle. For example, if the manufacturer can prove that the number of repair attempts was not unreasonable because you did not follow the terms of the warranty, or some event (such as a labor strike) prevented timely repairs, the Lemon Law might not help you. In addition, if you abused the car or damaged it in an accident, the Lemon Law may not apply.
If the vehicle is transferred to someone else during the Lemon Law eligibility period, that owner or person leasing the vehicle is also covered under the Lemon Law.Arkansas Lemon Law information from the Attorney General's Office »
Helpful Lemon Law Tips
Most states require you to notify the dealer and the manufacturer that you have a Lemon Law claim. Always use Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
If the manufacturer has an informal mediation or dispute resolution process, most states require you to do that first before pursuing litigation. However, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Most lawyers will not charge you for an initial consultation or legal fees for Lemon Law arbitration. If they decide you have a case, normally the manufacturer is forced to pay your legal costs.