Alabama Lemon Law
It’s frustrating to have the excitement about buying a vehicle turn into the disappointment of realizing that your vehicle is defective. Here’s what is and isn’t covered under Alabama lemon law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: No
Business vehicles: No
Leased vehicles: No
Lemon law period: 2 years/24,000 miles
What is a Lemon Car Under Alabama Lemon Law?
Alabama Lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, trucks, and motorcycles that are purchased in Alabama within two years or 24,000 miles of the original delivery date of the vehicle (whichever comes first) and that have a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of under 10,000 pounds. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:
- Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
- Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety, or value of the vehicle
- Has manufacturer’s defects that first occurred during the first year after the original owner’s delivery date or the first 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)
- The problem was not a result of modifications made to the vehicle
- It is mostly driven for personal, family, or household use
- It has been taken in three times for the same problem or has been out of service for 30 business days for the same problem
- The manufacturer has had a final opportunity to repair the vehicle
- It was taken in for its first repair attempt before the first year or 12,000 miles; was taken in for its final repair before two years from the original delivery date or the first 24,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)
The Code of Alabama 1975, Title 8, Chapter 20A, Sections 1-6 is the state’s Lemon law.
Getting Lemon Justice – Relief Under AL Lemon Law
Alabama lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. First, you may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. You may also qualify for a monetary award, which can include:
- The full contract price
- Charges for undercoating
- Dealer preparation and transportation charges
- Sales tax
- License and registration fees
- Finance charges paid on your loan after you notified the manufacturer of the problem
- Vehicle rental costs
- Attorney fees
The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for the total mileage on the vehicle. This amount is calculated by dividing the total contract price by 100,000 and multiplying that amount by the mileage driven since delivery.
Pursuing an AL Lemon Law Claim
Under Alabama lemon law, before you file a lemon law claim, you must first send a demand letter to the automaker via certified mail outlining the problem. See an example of a demand letter that you can adapt and mail yourself.
Once you send the letter, the manufacturer or dealer has seven days to tell you where to take your vehicle for repair, and then has 14 days to repair the vehicle once you have taken it in for repair.
If your vehicle still isn’t fixed, you must participate in the manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (for example, arbitration, conciliation, or mediation) before you are eligible to file a lemon law claim.
How We Can Help
Wherever you are in the lemon law claim process, we’re happy to help. Whether you need help gathering the material documenting your lemon, submitting the final demand letter, negotiating a settlement, or suing the automaker, Lemberg Law will be at your side every step of the way.
Helping consumers is what we do. We’ve helped more than 15,000 people recover more than $35 million. You can read more about us here.
Remember that vehicle manufacturers have teams of lawyers that do nothing but fight lemon law claims. Lemon laws try to level playing field by forcing automakers to pay the consumer’s attorney fees in successful lemon law claims. That’s why our representation won’t cost you a dime.
There’s a limited window of opportunity for filing a lemon law claim. If you suspect you have an Alabama lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.