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A “lemon car” describes a Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 

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

What is the Indiana Lemon Law?

The Indiana 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 Indiana?

No, used vehicles are not covered under the Indiana lemon law. 

Lemon Law Criteria in Indiana

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

  • 4 failed repairs or out-of-service for 30 business days. 
  • Issue is within 18 months or 18,000 miles of purchase, whichever is sooner. 

What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Indiana

If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Indiana, 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. 

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