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A “lemon car” describes a Alaska 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 Alaska 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 Alaska. 

For more information regarding your own vehicle, be sure to contact legal counsel or your state’s consumer’s affairs office. 

What is the Alaska Lemon Law?

The Alaska 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 Alaska?

Alaska’s lemon law does not apply to used cars. 

Lemon Law Criteria in Alaska

In order to qualify for Alaska’s lemon law, the vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 failed attempts at repair or out-of-service for 30 business days. 
  • Issue occurs within 1 year or the warranty period, whichever is less. 

What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Alaska

If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Alaska, the process will go something like this:

  1. Make the necessary attempts to have the issue repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty. 
  2. Keep records and documentation of all service, communication, and estimates from the dealer, manufacturer, or other authorized agent. 
  3. 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 and dealership by certified mail to tell them the issue has not been resolved, and that you’d like a refund or replacement within 60 days. 

The manufacturer will have 30 days to make a final attempt to repair the issue.

For official information or legal advice pertaining to your specific circumstances, please contact your attorney or the Alaska consumer protection agency.