Many years ago Wisconsin’s Legislature enacted a “Lemon Law” statue to protect consumers from automobile manufacturers that were passing off “lemons” onto unsuspecting consumers (Wis. Stat. 218.0171).
In order to qualify, you must have purchased or leased a brand new motor vehicle or a demonstrator motor vehicle, motorcycle, or motor home.
The law does not cover mopeds, semitrailers or trailers used with trucks. However, it does cover industrial/commercial vehicles like dump trucks, snow plows, and recreational vehicles (RVs). The vehicle need only be purchased in Wisconsin but can be registered elsewhere.
What Makes a Lemon?
- The vehicle must suffer from a mechanical defect during the vehicle’s first year on the road and still be under warranty.
- The problem must be one that affects the use, value or safety of a motor vehicle.
- The manufacturer or dealer must have made at least four attempts to fix the same problem without success, or the vehicle is out of service a total of at least 30 days due to the problem; those 30 days need not be all at the same time, but must be in the first year after delivery.
What Can I Expect?
You as the consumer can demand either a new vehicle in exchange for an old one or a full refund of the purchase price, plus attorney fees. If the automaker violates the law, a consumer may also bring a lawsuit to recover double damages as well as attorney fees.
If You Think You Have a Lemon
Please fill out the form or contact us at 608-821-8200.