Minnesota Lemon Law
Minnesota has some of the strongest consumer protection laws in the country, particularly when it comes to lemon law. Here’s a summary of the state’s lemon law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: Yes
Business vehicles: Yes
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 2 years
What is a Lemon Car Under Minnesota Lemon Law?
Michigan lemon law covers new and leased passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks that are purchased in Michigan. 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 two years from the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty (whichever period ends first)
- Has been taken in four times for the same problem (with the first repair attempt occurring within two years of the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty, whichever comes first), has been taken in once for a steering or braking defect that is likely to cause death or serious injury, or if it has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 business days for a variety of defects
- The manufacturer or dealer has been notified in writing of the defect and been given a final opportunity to repair the vehicle
- Is driven at least 40 percent of the time for personal, family, or household use
Minnesota Statutes, Section 325F.665 is the state’s lemon law
Getting Lemon Justice: Minnesota Lemon Law Relief
Minnesota 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 purchase price
- Dealer- or manufacturer-installed options
- Sales tax
- License fees
- Registration fees
- Reimbursement for towing
- Rental expenses
- Attorney’s fees
The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle, which is calculated at 10 cents per mile or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less.
Pursuing a MN Lemon Law Claim
Under Minnesota lemon law, you must notify the manufacturer or dealer in writing of the problem with your vehicle, and give the manufacturer the opportunity to fix it one last time. You should send the letter via certified mail, with return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.
If the problem isn’t fixed and the manufacturer requires it, you must participate in your vehicle manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (for example, arbitration, conciliation, or mediation) before you are eligible to file a lemon law claim in court. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the arbitration process, you have six months to file a lawsuit in court. If the manufacturer doesn’t require you to participate in an informal dispute resolution process, you have three years from the delivery date of your vehicle to follow suit, providing you reported the defect within two years or before the end of the warranty period, whichever comes first.
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 Minnesota lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.