Arizona Lemon Law Info – AZ Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Arizona?

In the state of Arizona, if your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, you are entitled to a refund of your money minus a deduction for mileage from the mileage at the first repair, and the manufacturer also pays off your loan, and you return the vehicle to the manufacturer. Or in the alternative, you’re entitled to a replacement vehicle. You’d be entitled to a new vehicle in place of your current vehicle, and there’s also the possibility of cash compensation where you keep your vehicle. In all of those instances, the manufacturer’s required to pay the attorney’s fees as well.

What vehicles Are Covered Under the Arizona Lemon Law?

Arizona new car Lemon Law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, trucks, and motorcycles that are purchased in Arizona and weigh less than 10,000 pounds; the motor and cab (but not the living quarters) of an RV; and used cars that are sold by dealers within the period of the vehicle’s express warranty, two years, or 24,000 miles of the original purchase (whichever comes first). In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
  • Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety, or value of the vehicle
  • Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred during the manufacturer’s express warranty, the first two from the original owner’s delivery date, or the first 24,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same problem or if it has been out of service for 30 calendars days due to the same problem
  • After the dealer has tried to repair the vehicle four times, the manufacturer has been notified and given an opportunity to repair the vehicle

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Does the Arizona Lemon Law apply to used cars?

Typically a vehicle that is purchased used may still qualify as a lemon if it was purchased and the problems occurred while the vehicle was still under the manufacturers new car warranty or possibly covered by a certified pre-owned warranty or extended warranty. Finally it should be noted that a used vehicle that is purchased as is and without a warranty cannot qualify as a lemon under the AZ Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Arizona Lemon Law

Arizona Lemon Law provides several options for a successful Lemon Law claimant. First, you may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. You may also qualify for a monetary award, which can include:

  • The full contract price
  • All collateral charges
  • Attorney’s fees

The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle before you first notified the manufacturer or dealer of the defect, as well as the time you used the vehicle when it was not in for repair.

Pursuing an Arizona Lemon Law Claim

In order to be protected by Arizona lemon law, you must send a demand letter to the manufacturer and/or dealer, and file a lemon law claim within six months of the express warranty term, two years from the date of the vehicle, or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.

Once you send the letter, the manufacturer has the opportunity to repair the vehicle one last time. If that does not fix the problem, you must participate in the manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (for example, arbitration, conciliation, or mediation) if the program meets state standards.

From there, you can file a lemon law case in court.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Arizona

Most vehicle manufacturers follow the principle of “No lawyer, no money.” In other words, they count on being able to outmaneuver the consumer who hasn’t retained a Lemon Law attorney. While Arizona Lemon Law requires consumers to participate in manufacturers’ dispute resolution processes, you’ll only be on equal footing if you have an advocate at your side. A lemon lawyer can present your case to the arbitrator or go to court and can call and question witnesses. His or her expertise enables your attorney to easily dispute the manufacturer’s claims.

But perhaps the most important reason to hire a Lemon Law lawyer is that it sends a clear signal to the manufacturer that you are serious about your claim, and are willing to sue them in order to get justice. Vehicle manufacturers have powerful legal teams that are adept at avoiding or stalling Lemon Law claims, and often only obey the law when they’re faced with the threat of a lawsuit by Lemon Law experts. When they are, they usually settle very quickly, since they know that the cost of going to court will be much higher. For these reasons, it’s in your best interest to have an advocate who knows the law and works on your behalf.

Keep in mind that, if you go to court, you shouldn’t have to pay a lemon lawyer to handle your Lemon Law case. That’s because the law says that the manufacturer is responsible for paying the consumer’s attorney’s fees in successful Lemon Law claims.

What Happens When You Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer?

A good lemon lawyer will work on your behalf to get the compensation to which you’re entitled – typically in the form of a refund, a replacement vehicle, or a cash settlement. Your Lemon Law attorney will ask you for all of your records, such as repair orders and correspondence, that pertain to your lemon. Your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of your vehicle’s repair history, then present the manufacturer with a statement outlining your case and demanding full recovery. More often than not, the manufacturer will settle; if not, though, your Lemon Law attorney should be prepared to sue the manufacturer. Your lawyer should be able to resolve your case within one to two months.

Your Lemon Law Legal Rights

Think you have a lemon? Sit back and let the experts work out your lemon case at no cost to you. The law makes car manufacturers pay legal fees. You may be able to get your lemon out of your life. Every year, auto manufacturers buy back, replace or pay cash settlements to thousands of ‘lemon’ owners like you.

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  • Angela B

    I purchased a used 2008 suv last year. I have been waiting for my lawyer to start litigation process since August. The dealership lied to me about repairs they promised to fix and promised was done before I purchased the car. The suv has rust on the inside on the bottom everywhere they should have never sold this vehicle it was not safe. The brakes were completely rusted i have all the parts from Toyota I paid a lot of money and can’t even drive the thing. I was lied to and also in writing they broke their own agreement.

  • Inita

    I purchased my car within a week the engine light came on they told me they fixed the issues I took it to another place because the car wasn’t running right and now I’m 3k in the hole I needed all new brakes rotors sensors, a battery had to be replace and now I’m replacing fuel injectors and a list of other things I was told the dealer should cover it they told me it’s nothing they can do.

  • Keanu

    Hello I haired a Mobil mechanic from the Facebook markets place and i have paid this guy Bob to fix my left side case gasket because it spots oil and and he had not even fixed the bike and i have picked it up and took it home while we waited for the part to cone in and he did not communicate until i have messaged him why is he not working on the bike and said he was busy woth home problem. So i juat asked for my refund and he says he wont be able to give it to me and dont know how long that will be i been waiting for it to be fixed for 2 weeks

  • Jesse S

    On 10/9 I purchased a used vehicle from Acura N Scottsdale. 10/10 the car began to make a noise. I was able to get it into a reputable local mechanic last Friday. The car has numerous repairs necessary that should easily have been caught prior to being put up for sale. These were not disclosed during the sale. I want to keep the car but have repairs made by the dealer or to be reimbursed for repairs if I have them done on my own. Can you please help? This is very hard for me as i have severe PTSD and I am disabled.

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