A “lemon car” describes a Alabama vehicle that you purchased that has a manufacturing defect that cannot be repaired, and which has resulted in reducing the usability, safety, or value of the car.
Under the Alabama lemon law, it is the car manufacturer’s responsibility to make things right if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon.
This page will provide you with a simple overview of the lemon law requirements, criteria, and process in Alabama.
For more information regarding your own vehicle, be sure to contact legal counsel or your state’s consumer’s affairs office.
What is the Alabama Lemon Law?
The Alabama lemon law sets requirements for car manufacturers to refund or replace vehicles that have safety or quality defects that cannot be repaired.
If your vehicle qualifies, you can typically choose to either:
- Have the vehicle replaced with a new one.
- Be refunded for the purchase of the lemon.
Does lemon law apply to used cars in Alabama?
Alabama’s lemon law does not apply to used cars.
Lemon Law Criteria in Alabama
In order to qualify for Alabama’s lemon law, the vehicle must meet the following criteria:
- 3 failed repairs or out-of-service for 30 days.
- Repair attempts must be made within 24 months or 24,000 miles from the purchase date.
- At least 1 repair attempt must be made within the first year or first 12,000 miles.
Alabama’s lemon law applies to new vehicles only.
The lemon law excludes motorhomes and vehicles weighing over 10,000 lbs.
What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Alabama
If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Alabama, the process will go something like this:
- Make the necessary attempts to have the issue repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Keep records and documentation of all service, communication, and estimates from the dealer, manufacturer, or other authorized agent.
- If you believe the vehicle meets the criteria of a lemon, notify the manufacturer to begin the lemon-law remedy process.
You’ll need to notify the manufacturer of the issue and repair attempts by certified mail. Then, the manufacturer will have another 14 days to make a final attempt to repair the problem.
For official information or legal advice pertaining to your specific circumstances, please contact your attorney or the Alabama consumer protection agency.