Utah Lemon Law
Utah has robust consumer protection laws. If you believe you’ve purchased a defective vehicle, Utah lemon laws can help. Here’s a summary of the law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: No
Business vehicles: Yes
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 1 year
What is a Lemon Car Under Utah Law?
Utah lemon law covers demonstrators and new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 12,000 pounds that are purchased in Utah. 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 year from the delivery date or the expiration of the warranty (whichever period ends first)
- Has been taken in four times for the same problem or has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 calendar days during the first year or the warranty period, whichever ends first
- The manufacturer has been notified in writing of the defect within one year from the delivery date or the expiration of the warranty (whichever period ends first)
- You have participated in the manufacturer’s informal arbitration program, if one exists
Utah Code Sections 13-20-1 through 13-20-7 and 41-3-206 through 41-3-414 are the state’s lemon law.
Getting Lemon Justice: Utah Lemon Law Relief
Utah 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
- Sales tax
- Document preparation fees
- Additional warranties or extended warranties
- Attorney’s fees
The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle, calculated by dividing the purchase price by 100,000. The deduction cannot be less than 10 cents per mile or more than 23 cents per mile.
Pursuing a UT Lemon Law Claim
If you want to pursue a claim under Utah’s lemon law, you must first send a notification to the manufacturer. Send your letter by certified mail, with a return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.
You must also participate in the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution process (if one exists), and then file a complaint with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection before you are eligible to file a lemon law claim in 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 12,000 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 Utah lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.