Florida Lemon Law

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Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act ("Florida Lemon Law")

Florida has statutes that contain provisions that cover lemon vehicle and it can be found under Fla. Stat. 681.10, et. seq. which is called the Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act.

What is a "Lemon" Vehicle?

Florida's Lemon Law covers lemon vehicle nonconformities which are a defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of a vehicle.  See Fla. Stat. 681.102.

What Consumers are Covered under the Florida Lemon Law?

The lemon law covers:

  • 1. The lemon purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, or the person leasing the lemon vehicle, of a vehicle primarily used for personal, family, or household purposes;
  • 2. Any person to whom such vehicle is transferred for the same purposes during the duration of the Florida Lemon Rights Period of 24 months from the original delivery; or
  • 3. Any other person entitled by the terms of the warranty to enforce the obligations of the warranty.

See Fla. Stat. 681.102.

Subsequent owners are covered if the lemon vehicle is transferred from one consumer to  another during the Lemon Law Rights Period of 24 months from the original delivery.

Florida Lemon Law Rights Period

Florida's Lemon Law Rights Period is the 24 months after the date of the original delivery of the lemon vehicle to the consumer. See Fla. Stat. 681.102.

Lemon Car's Manufacturer's Duty to Repair

If the lemon vehicle does not conform to the warranty and the consumer first reports the issue to the manufacturer or its authorized service agent during the Lemon Law Rights Period, the manufacturer or agent shall repair the lemon vehicle even if the repairs are made to the lemon vehicle after the Lemon Law Rights Period expires. See Fla. Stat. 681.103.

What About the Dealership that Sold Me the Lemon Vehicle?

A dealership that sold you the lemon vehicle may not be liable unless there is an additional written express warranty made by the dealer apart from the manufacturer’s warranties. See Fla. Stat. 681.113.