Is There a Lemon Law in Kentucky?

Buying and driving your new car should be a fun and exciting experience. However, if you spend more time at the repair shop than enjoying your new vehicle, you might have purchased a “lemon." According to AutoGuide, lemon law statistics include some of the best known and loved car brands such as Porsche, Jeep, and Volkswagen. 

Buying a lemon car can be the beginning of a long, expensive, and aggravating ordeal. 
If you recently bought a defective car, you might wonder whether there is a lemon law in Kentucky. The answer is yes. Kentucky has laws that protect buyers of lemons. Therefore, if you bought a defective vehicle in Kentucky, you do not have to put up with it. You could qualify for a settlement, refund, or replacement car. Our lemon law lawyers can help. Contact us now for a free consultation to learn about your rights.

What Is a “Lemon”?

A “lemon” generally describes a vehicle or other consumer product with severe manufacturing defects. Typically, a lemon car cannot be satisfactorily repaired even after several attempts. While the term “lemon” generally applies to any faulty consumer product, it mainly refers to new and defective cars. Federal and state lemon laws protect consumers from such sub-standard and potentially dangerous vehicles.  

Kentucky Lemon Laws

Kentucky’s lemon laws generally protect consumers who buy a defective new car in the state. As laid out in Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 367, the law covers defects that substantially impair the use, safety, or value of the vehicle. However, a manufacturer is not responsible for any defects caused by neglect, abuse, or unauthorized alterations. In Kentucky, your car qualifies as a lemon if, in the first twelve months or within 12,000 miles:

  •  Your car required repair for the same defect at least four times
  •  You were unable to use your vehicle for a total of 30 days due to repairs for the same defect

According to the law, you are responsible for reporting the defect, in writing, to the manufacturer. If the defect cannot be fixed, the manufacturer must either replace the defective vehicle with a comparable model or buy the car back from you for a full refund of the purchase price. If the manufacturer buys back the vehicle, they can deduct a reasonable amount for your use of the car. 

The Federal Lemon Law  

Individuals purchasing a car in Kentucky are protected by state and federal lemon laws such as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act from 1975. The act typically covers purchases of new cars as used cars are generally not required to come with a warranty. According to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a vehicle warranty must include:  

  • What and who is covered by the warranty
  • The warrantor’s responsibilities
  • The consumer’s responsibilities 
  • Where repairs and service must be done
  • The expiration of the warranty
  • How to handle warranty disputes 

The federal lemon law for cars will not apply when the damage occurs due to an accident, neglect, or modifications.

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