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Do lemon laws cover new electric vehicles?

On Behalf of | May 31, 2024 | Lemon Law

Buying a new electric vehicle (EV) is exciting, but what happens if the car has defects? Lemon laws protect consumers from defective vehicles, ensuring you’re entitled to a replacement or refund if your new EV has persistent issues the manufacturer can’t fix.

Do lemon laws apply to electric vehicles?

Lemon laws cover EVs just like traditional vehicles. If your EV has significant defects affecting its safety, value, or functionality, it may qualify as a lemon. Generally, a vehicle is a lemon if it requires multiple repair attempts for the same issue or is out of service for an extended period.

Common issues with electric vehicles under lemon laws

Common lemon law issues for EVs include battery problems, software malfunctions, or charging system failures. These critical components can significantly impair an EV’s operation, making the vehicle unsafe or unreliable.

Steps to take if your EV is a lemon

To protect yourself, keep detailed records of all repairs and communications with the manufacturer or dealer. Documenting these interactions is crucial to proving your EV qualifies as a lemon. Understand your state’s specific lemon laws, as requirements and processes vary.

Taking action

If you believe your new EV is a lemon, the time to act is now. Taking quick action can improve your chances of a satisfactory resolution and compensation for your defective vehicle. You may wish to consult an attorney who specializes in lemon law cases. They can help you to understand your rights and options, as well as navigate the process and work towards a fair resolution.