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Washington Lemon Law

Green check mark icon Attorney Updated: 05/09/2019

Did You Purchase Or Lease A Lemon In Washington?

The State of Washington has one of the nation’s most comprehensive lemon laws. Unlike some states that are limited to a period of time or mileage prior to the expiration of the factory warranty accompanying a motor vehicle, the Washington Lemon Law looks to the entire duration of the factory warranty to determine if a violation has occurred. So long as the purchaser or lessee of a defective vehicle has tendered the vehicle for repair at least one (1) time during the duration of the factory warranty and thereafter given the manufacturer, through its authorized dealers, a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle, relief may be had.

Covered Vehicles Under the Washington Lemon Law

The Lemon Law in the state of Washington covers “new” or “used” vehicles that were originally purchased or leased within the state and that were intended for use on public roads, including motorcycles. However, the vehicle must weigh less than 19,000 pounds and must have been covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty when sold.

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Requisite Number of Repair Attempts

A consumer must provide the manufacturer, through its dealers, with a reasonable number of attempts to repair a condition that originally manifested during the factory warranty on the vehicle. Accordingly, even if the first repair was at the last mile remaining on the factory warranty and the manufacturer failed to repair after being afforded a reasonable number of attempts after the warranty expired, the consumer may still qualify for relief. A reasonable number of attempts is defined as at least two (2) repairs for a safety defect and at least four (4) repairs for a non-safety defect; or the vehicle must have been out of service for at least thirty (30) days of which fifteen (15) days occurred during the factory warranty.

Covered Defects

The Washington Lemon Law covers all conditions, defects, or general problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle.

Available Relief Available to the Consumer

Consumers may recover a “refund” or a “replacement” vehicle at the consumer’s option if they prevail. A refund shall include all sales taxes paid, unused registration charges, finance interest charges, and any collateral damages, including towing charges and rental fees. A consumer may also recover attorneys’ fees. To determine if you qualify for relief under the Washington State Lemon Law or under any other consumer laws, such as the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, contact the experienced lemon law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®.

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