A “lemon car” describes a Arizona 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 Arizona 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 Arizona.
For more information regarding your own vehicle, be sure to contact legal counsel or your state’s consumer’s affairs office.
What is the Arizona Lemon Law?
The Arizona 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 Arizona?
There may be some stipulations for used cars in Arizona.
Your used car may be covered if a major component breaks within 15 days or 500 miles of the purchase date, whichever comes first.
You may be responsible for up to $25 for the first 2 attempts at repair.
Lemon Law Criteria in Arizona
In order to qualify for Arizona’s lemon law, the vehicle must meet the following criteria:
- 4 failed repairs or out-of-service for 30 days.
- Issues occur within the lesser of the warranty period, 2 years from the purchase date, or 24,000 miles.
This applies to new vehicles.
What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Arizona
If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Arizona, 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.
For official information or legal advice pertaining to your specific circumstances, please contact your attorney or the Arizona consumer protection agency.