Lemon Laws for cars (or vehicles) exist to protect consumers who buy vehicles that turn out to be unsatisfactory. Examples include cars with mechanical problems, or lemons, which each state has addressed.

Lemon Laws are state- and federal-level consumer protection laws that provide a remedy or replacement to customers who purchase vehicles that fail to meet the minimum quality and performance standards. Though lemon laws were created to protect buyers of cars, they now apply to various consumer products.

Some insurance companies' advertising campaigns like to stress their intention never to deny a claim based on any technicality.

Finding the correct lemon law for your state is essential, as laws and policies vary significantly from state to state. For example, some lemon laws don't cover used cars; lemon law is one of the reasons you need to do your research.


The lemon law is almost always designed to exceed the contractual coverage provided by a warranty. Indeed, many lemon laws take the form of "implied warranties," which refer to warranties that the law imposes upon a transaction, assuring that the products are what they claim to be and reasonably fit for their intended purpose.

Just as with a contractual (also called a "written") warranty, the implied warranties created by lemon laws require the seller or manufacturer to correct any defects or face liability.

Federal lemon laws prohibit manufacturers from selling defective cars or cars that become a threat or danger because of the defect.


Every product has its time requirements during which a claim may be submitted. This time, the "period of coverage" varies by product and can often last only a few hours up to several months.