Lemon Law in Arizona
The state of Arizona’s lemon law is combined with the federal lemon law. The federal lemon law is also called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and allows consumers to receive compensation for defective trucks, automobiles, and consumer products. Other motor vehicles that qualify for lemon law compensation include boats, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, computers, and other appliances.
Motor vehicles are the most common type of consumer product that is reported for lemon compensation. In order to qualify for Arizona lemon laws, motor vehicles must still be under manufacturer express warranty.
Federal lemon law allows for replacement, refund, or compensation in cash for defect vehicles. Those who qualify under the lemon law are to prepare are report for evaluation along with repair records.
Since only certain motor vehicles qualify for lemon law, the state of Arizona has outlines which motor vehicles and under what circumstances will be eligible. First and foremost a new motor vehicle must be under the manufacturer’s express warranty.
Depending on the length of the manufacturer’s express warranty, a consumer must report the motor vehicle prior to the expiration of the warranty. While under express warranty the motor vehicle is required to have a specific number of attempted repairs in order to qualify. A reasonable number of repairs normally include three to four attempts for the same defect.
Defects are required to endanger the safety of the driver or passengers or alter the market value of the motor vehicle. Cosmetic ailments will not qualify for lemon compensation.
A consumer may waiver the reasonable number of repair attempts if the motor vehicle has been out of use and in repair for a collection thirty days. These days are not required to be consecutive and may be added up while under the express warranty.
If reported while under the express warranty the manufacturer, agent, or dealer is required to make a repair attempt. If a motor vehicle has been reported following the express warranty’s expiration, the dealer, manufacturer, or agent is not required to attempt a repair.
If a motor vehicle is reported prior to expiration, the motor vehicle is still required to receive a repair attempt even after the expiration date. This repair attempt must restore the motor vehicle back to its market value standard. If the motor vehicle cannot be fully restored, the consumer is eligible for compensation.
Within thirty calendar days if the dealer, manufacturer, or agent has not made a full repair, the consumer is also eligible for compensation.
A consumer will receive compensation in one of two forms. The manufacturer, dealer, or agent may provide a replacement vehicle. The replacement motor vehicle must be of the same market value as the lemon vehicle.
If the consumer declines a replacement vehicle, he or she may receive cash compensation. This compensation will include the full purchasing price, taxes, licensing fees, registration fees, and other fees.
If the lemon vehicle has received abuse, then the amount will be deducted from the compensation total. Any cosmetic additions to the lemon vehicle are not required to be compensated.