An overview of Connecticut’s Lemon Law

| Nov 24, 2020 | Lemon Law

Most residents may not know this, but our state was the first state to enact a “Lemon Law” to help car owners of defective vehicles. In fact, the program has refunded or replaced vehicles to the tune of over $60 million.

Where is the Lemon Law?

“Lemon Law” is not actually the codified name. Instead, it is simply the nickname of Connecticut General Statute Chapter 743b, which is entitled, “Automobile Warranties.” This is the law that mandates an arbitration process to resolve passenger vehicle disputes.

What are the requirements?

Connecticut General Statute Chapter 743b covers vehicles that are registered as motorcycles, passenger or a combination that are leased or purchased in Connecticut. The vehicle must have less than 24,000 miles on the odometer or have been purchased within two years of the original purchase. The vehicle also must not conform to the vehicle manufacturer’s express warrant, and it must have a substantial defect that affects the vehicle’s value, use or safety. Furthermore, the statute is not triggered until a reasonable number of repair attempts have been made.

What does one get if the vehicle is a lemon?

If the arbitration panel determines that vehicle is lemon, they the vehicle owner is awarded one of two options. First, they can be awarded a replacement vehicle that is comparable to the lemon vehicle. Alternatively, and the more common result, is a refund of the full contract price. Of course, a mileage deduction may be awarded for the time the car was used.

How do I start Lemon Law arbitration?

One can attempt to start it by following the rules outlined on the state’s website, but even that website encourages people to contact a Connecticut Lemon Law attorney. This is the person that can help one win their case and navigate the process.