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Lemon Law

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).

Who Qualifies?

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.