Kentucky’s Lemon Law for New Cars
The Kentucky Lemon Law protects consumers from getting stuck with defective vehicles. If your new car has a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety, the law entitles you to a refund or replacement vehicle. Our experienced lemon law attorneys in Kentucky can help you collect that compensation at no cost to you.
The Kentucky Lemon Law applies to vehicles that are registered or licensed within the state and are intended to be used primarily on public highways. The law does not apply to:
- Motor homes
- Vehicles with three or more axels
- Vehicles altered significantly after the initial sale
Before you can demand a refund or replacement vehicle for your lemon you need to give the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair it. In Kentucky, that means 4 attempts OR a total of 30 days out of service. In either case, each repair attempt needs to be for the same issue and must take place within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If your vehicle doesn’t meet these criteria, don’t despair, because the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act provides even greater protection.
The Lemon Law Process
Once the manufacturer tries and fails to fix your lemon, Kentucky’s Lemon Law requires you to seek a resolution through the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution system, if they have one. We can handle this on your behalf. To do so, we’ll compile all of your supporting documents and present your claim to the arbitration board.
After reviewing the case, the board will offer whatever settlement it feels is appropriate. In many cases, the settlement will include a refund or replacement vehicle. But if you aren’t satisfied with the offer, you have the right to reject it. In such cases, we’ll file a Lemon Law claim in court to secure a more favorable outcome on your behalf.
You have two years from when you take delivery of the vehicle to file a claim under Kentucky’s Lemon Law. Under federal lemon laws, you have four years to file a claim. Either way, it’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as you think you might have a lemon. So reach out to us today so we can review your case and start taking the next steps.