What Is the Lemon Law in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Lemon Law was designed to protect consumers who buy or lease defective vehicles. If a manufacturer fails to fix warrantied defects, it must accept the return of the vehicle and provide a refund or replacement vehicle.

However, the law provides manufacturers with a reasonable number of attempts to fix the defect before a vehicle can be considered a lemon. Each of the following scenarios constitutes a reasonable number of attempts:

  • 4 attempts for any one defect
  • 1 attempt for a complete failure of the braking or steering system and is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury
  • Any number of attempts that leave the car out of service for a total of 30 business days or more

The defect must substantially impair the vehicle’s use or market value. But defects that result from abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications are not protected. The defect must also be reported within the warranty period or two years from the date of delivery, whichever is sooner. But repair attempts may take place for up to three years from the delivery date.

When consumers prevail the law also holds manufacturers responsible for their attorney’s fees. Thus, you may retain an attorney who only charges for their service if you prevail, as the lawyers do at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®; we only get paid if you get a recovery. So reach out to us today for a Free Case Review and let us fight for your rights!

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Compensation under the Minnesota Lemon Law

If you have a lemon, the Minnesota Lemon Law entitles you to a refund or a replacement vehicle. Replacement vehicles must be comparable models to the lemon. And you always have the right to reject the replacement in favor of a refund.

Refunds must cover the full purchase price, including all additional charges such as taxes and license and registration fees. The refund must also reimburse you for towing and rental car costs you incur because of the defective vehicle. If you leased your lemon, the refund must cover the amount you actually paid for the vehicle.

However, manufacturers issuing a refund may withhold a reasonable allowance for your use of the vehicle. This allowance is limited to $0.10 per mile you drove the lemon or 10% of the purchase price, whichever is less.

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The Lemon Law Process in MN

The Minnesota Lemon Law outlines a detailed process that you must follow in order to make a Lemon Law claim. Because the process can be confusing to those who’ve never made such a claim, it’s in your best interest to contact a Lemon Law attorney to guide you through it.

After a reasonable number of repair attempts fail to resolve the issue, you must notify the manufacturer or dealer in writing, which we can do on your behalf. The note should outline the issue, the failed attempts, and your desire for a refund or replacement vehicle under the Lemon Law. Once you’ve provided such notice, you must give the manufacturer one last opportunity to fix the defect.

Alternative Dispute Settlement Mechanisms

If the manufacturer fails to fix the defect after receiving your written notice, the next step is to bring your case to their alternative dispute settlement mechanism. In simpler language, this mechanism is an arbitration board. You may choose to have a hearing in person or via telephone, but most consumers prefer to just submit the documents that prove their case. The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® will handle all aspects of presenting your case for arbitration so you don’t have to do so.

If the arbitration board decides to award you a refund, it must include all of the additional fees outlined above (taxes, rental cars, attorney’s fees, etc.). Decisions of the arbitration board are only binding when agreed upon by all parties. If the manufacturer is unhappy with the decision, they may appeal in court for up to 30 days. Consumers have a full six months to appeal.

Reasons to Trust Krohn & Moss As Your Lemon Law Lawyers

  • 25+ Years of Experience
  • Over 50,000 Success Stories Nationwide
  • Accomplished, Trustworthy Attorneys
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
  • We Respond to All Inquiries within 24 Hours
  • We Always Seek Maximum Compensation for Clients

At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we’ve earned our reputation of standing up for the little guy. We successfully resolve over 99% of our cases without a trial. And by solving our client’s problems outside of the courtroom, we help them put the headache behind them as quickly as possible.

We also refuse to charge for our services unless we secure a recovery for our clients. And thanks to the fee-shifting provisions in both federal and state laws, we bill the manufacturer for our time when we win your case.

With a success rate above 99% and no fees for losses, we’re confident that you won’t find a better firm to represent you. Contact us today to get started with a Free Case Review. The only thing you have to lose is your lemon.

Why Choose Krohn & Moss as Your Minnesota Lemon Law Firm?

  • 25+ Years of Experience Turning “Lemons” into “Lemon-Aid”
  • Over 50,000 Success Stories Nationwide
  • Accomplished, Trustworthy Attorneys
  • Responds to All Inquiries within 24 Hours
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
  • We Always Seek Maximum Compensation for Clients