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A “lemon car” describes a Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Georgia. 

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

What is the Georgia Lemon Law?

The Georgia 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 Georgia?

No, the GA lemon law does not apply to used cars. 

Lemon Law Criteria in Georgia

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

  • 3 failed repairs, 1 failed repair of a serious issue, or out-of-service for 30 days. 
  • Issue occurs within 24 months or 24,000 miles from the purchase date. 

What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Georgia

If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Georgia, 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 contact the manufacturer via certified mail or use the Georgia lemon-law arbitration program. 

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