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What is a Lemon Under Washington Lemon Law?

Washington Lemon Law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 19,000 pounds that are purchased in Washington. It also covers motorcycles with engine displacements over 750 cc and the motorized portions of RVs. 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 delivery date or 24,000 miles on the odometer
  • Has been taken in four times for the same problem or has a series of unrelated problems and has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 calendar days
  • In the case of a serious safety defect, has been taken in two times for the same problem, one of which has to be during the warranty period
  • You have requested a replacement or a refund from the manufacturer
  • You have participated in the manufacturer's informal arbitration program or the Washington Attorney General's arbitration program

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