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Michigan Lemon Law: What You Need to Know!

The Michigan Lemon Law is a state law that protects consumers who purchase new vehicles with defects that substantially impair the use or value of the vehicle. The law allows consumers to return the vehicle to the manufacturer and receive a refund or replacement vehicle.

To be eligible for protection under the Michigan Lemon Law, the vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a new motor vehicle.

  • It must be purchased or leased for personal, family, or household use.

  • It must be covered by the manufacturer's express warranty.

  • The defect must substantially impair the use or value of the vehicle.

  • The defect must have been reported to the manufacturer within one year of the date of purchase or lease.

If a vehicle meets all of these criteria, the consumer may be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle. The manufacturer is also required to pay the consumer's reasonable attorneys' fees and other expenses.

To file a claim under the Michigan Lemon Law, the consumer must first contact the manufacturer and provide them with a written notice of the defect. The manufacturer will then have an opportunity to repair the vehicle. If the manufacturer is unable to repair the vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer may then file a claim with the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

The Michigan Lemon Law is a complex law, and it is important to speak with an attorney if you believe that your vehicle may be a lemon. An attorney can help you understand your rights under the law and can represent you in negotiations with the manufacturer.

Here are some additional tips for consumers who believe that they may have a lemon vehicle:

  • Keep detailed records of all problems with the vehicle, including dates, times, and descriptions of the problems.

  • Take the vehicle to the dealer or manufacturer as soon as a problem occurs.

  • Get a written estimate for the cost of repairs.

  • If the manufacturer is unable to repair the vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, file a claim with the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

The Michigan Lemon Law can be a valuable resource for consumers who have purchased new vehicles with defects. If you believe that your vehicle may be a lemon, it is important to speak with an attorney to learn more about your rights under the law.

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