Vermont Lemon Law Information
The Vermont Lemon Law applies when at least the first repair attempt by the dealer occured within the manufacturer's express warranty, and:
- the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem three (3) or more times, or
- the vehicle has been out of service due to repair attempts by the dealer for a total of 30 or more calendar days.
It's also possible to claim Lemon Law coverage with less than 3 repair attempts, but you must convince the Board that the manufacturer was allowed a reasonable opportunity to repair. This could be for a safety-related defect/condition, if the dealer/manufacturer presents that the condition is characteristic and no repair is available, or for other reasons. The symptom of a claimed defect(s) must be present as of the date of filing.
To qualify for the Vermont Lemon Law, be prepared to explain how the defect or problem substantially impairs the use, market value or safety of the vehicle.Vermont Lemon Law information from the Department of Motor Vehicles »
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.