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A “lemon car” describes a Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa. 

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

What is the Iowa Lemon Law?

The Iowa 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 Iowa?

No, used vehicles are not covered by the IA lemon law. 

Lemon Law Criteria in Iowa

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

  • 3 failed repairs, 1 failed repair for an issue likely to cause injury or death, or out-of-service for 30 days. 
  • Issue happens within 2 years or 24,000 miles from the purchase date. 

What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Iowa

If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Iowa, 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 by certified mail, after which, they’ll have 10 days to attempt to make a final repair. 

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