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Have you purchased or leased a motor vehicle in the State of Minnesota and are already having problems with it? If so, the Minnesota Lemon Law protects those who have bought or leased a defective vehicle in the State of Minnesota. Whether you have a car, truck, SUV, or van and the vehicle is used at least 40 percent of the time for personal, family, or household use, you may be eligible for a refund of your money or a replacement vehicle if the vehicle proves to be defective and cannot be repaired within a reasonable number of repair attempts.

Vehicles That Are Covered under the Minnesota Lemon Law

The Minnesota Lemon Law covers all passenger cars, electric cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUV’s that are used for personal, family, or household use at least 40 percent of the time. The self-propelled motor vehicle chassis or van portion of recreational vehicles are also covered. Federal law expands upon these covered vehicles and provides more comprehensive protection to the purchaser of any consumer product. Therefore, contact an experienced Lemon Law attorney to determine whether your vehicle or other consumer product is covered by law.

Term of Protection & Time Frame to Pursue a Claim

While the Minnesota Lemon Law looks to defects and nonconformities that arise within two (2) years after the vehicle has been delivered, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, otherwise known as the Federal Lemon Law, requires a warrantor of a consumer product to abide by the terms of its warranty throughout the entire duration of the warranty. Therefore, if you purchased or leased a vehicle that has a long warranty, such as a five (5) year bumper to bumper warranty, or even a ten (10) year power train warranty, federal law requires that the manufacturer of the product honor its warranty throughout the entire duration of the warranty.

There are varying time frames to pursue a claim, under both Federal and State laws. According to the Minnesota Lemon Law, a consumer may pursue a claim for violation of the Minnesota State Lemon Law within three (3) years after the vehicle has been delivered to the consumer. This time period is extended by six (6) months, if the consumer first attempts to resolve the case by going through the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution program detailed in the manufacturer’s warranty. Consumers have a longer time to pursue a claim for a manufacturer’s failure to comply with the terms of its warranty under Federal law. A consumer in the State of Minnesota may pursue a claim for a manufacturer’s failure to comply with the terms of its warranty, i.e., the repair or replacement defective parts, within four (4) years. To make sure that you meet these deadlines and avail yourself to all available remedies under the law, contact the experienced Lemon Law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a free case review.

Covered Defects

All defects are covered! Just like your warranty on your vehicle promises to repair any defect in materials or workmanship, so too does federal and state law protect you if the manufacturer of your car, truck, SUV, or other consumer product fails to honor its warranty. According to the Minnesota Lemon Law, a consumer may bring a claim against an automobile manufacturer for its failure to repair any nonconformity in the vehicle that substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety. Federal law has even less restrictions and allows consumers to bring claims for the failure to repair a defect or nonconformity, whether or not the defect or nonconformity impairs the use, value, or safety of the product.

Reasonable number of repair attempts

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Both Federal and State Lemon Laws provide that you must only provide the manufacturer, by and through its dealers, with a reasonable number of attempts or a reasonable opportunity to repair your defective vehicle. According to the Minnesota Lemon Law, a reasonable number of attempts means that you have given your manufacturer’s dealers four (4) or more times to repair the vehicle, or it has been out of service for thirty (30) or more cumulative days, and the problems with the vehicle continue to exist. However, if you are experiencing a serious safety issue with your vehicle, such as a brake or steering failure, and the problem was not repaired after your first visit to the dealer, then you may qualify for relief with as little as one (1) repair attempt.

Available Remedies

If you suspect you have a lemon, you should contact the experienced Lemon Law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a free case review. You may be entitled to a refund for your purchase, a comparable replacement vehicle, or monetary damages designed to compensate you, because you overpaid for your lemon. According to this law, a refund entitles you to a return of everything you paid for the vehicle, including any sales or excise taxes, license and registration fees, towing expenses, dealer installed or arranged options on the vehicle, and all other collateral charges. From this total, the manufacturer may subtract an offset for your use, but it may not exceed 10 cents per mile the vehicle has been driven or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. If the manufacturer elects to replace your vehicle instead of giving you your money back, you do not have to accept the replacement unless you are happy with the replacement vehicle. Per § 325F.665 of the Minnesota Lemon Law, "the consumer has the option of rejecting the replacement vehicle and requiring the manufacturer to provide a refund."

Additionally, if you recover under either Federal or state law, the manufacturer of your vehicle must pay for the time that your attorneys will spend representing you. This way, you may retain an attorney who will be willing to rely on his or her ability to settle or win your case to be paid instead of billing you directly. Finally, if you retain the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® and you do not win your case, we will not send you a bill for our time or costs. We will only get paid if you get a recovery!