Washington DC Lemon Law
If you live in Washington DC and have purchased a defective vehicle, you have rights. Here’s a summary of the District of Columbia’s lemon law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: Yes
Business vehicles: Yes
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 2 years/18,000 miles
What is a Lemon Car Under Washington DC Law?
Washington, D.C. lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and business vehicles that are purchased, leased, or registered in Washington, D.C. If you are not the original owner of the vehicle, but your vehicle meets all of the requirements, it is covered under Washington, D.C. lemon law. 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 occurred during the first two years from the original owner’s delivery date or the first 18,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)/li>
- Has been taken in four times for the same problem or if it has been out of service for 30 days due to a series of unrelated problems. In the case of a safety-related defect, the vehicle only has to be taken in once and not repaired
DC Code Sections 50-502 is the District’s lemon law.
Getting Lemon Justice: Washington DC Lemon Law Relief
Washington, D.C. lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. The manufacturer may offer to replace your vehicle, but you do not have to accept the offer and can instead demand a refund. If you choose to receive a refund, you will receive the full purchase price, including all taxes, fees, and other governmental charges, minus up to ten cents per mile in excess of 12,000 miles.
Pursuing a WA Lemon Law Claim
Under Washington DC lemon law, within two years after the delivery date of the vehicle or 18,000 miles on the odometer, you must submit a claim to the Board of Consumer Claims Arbitration. If the arbitration board denies your claim or if you reject the arbitration decision, you can then take your case to court.
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 appealing the arbitration decision, 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 a Washington DC lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.