Colorado Lemon Law Info – CO Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Colorado?

In the state of Colorado, 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 Colorado Lemon Law?

Colorado lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks that are purchased in Colorado, as well as used cars that are sold by dealers within one year of the original purchase or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty (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 first year from the original owner’s delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty (whichever period ends first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same problem or if it has been out of service for 30 business days due to a series of unrelated problems
  • After the dealer has tried to repair the vehicle four times, the manufacturer has been notified and given an opportunity to repair the vehicle
  • Carries ten or fewer passengers
  • Is driven for personal use

C.R.S. 42-10-101 through 42-10-107 is Colorado’s lemon law.

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Does the Colorado 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 CO Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Colorado Law

Colorado 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 purchase price
  • Sales tax
  • License and registration fees
  • Attorney’s fees

The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle.

Pursuing a CO Lemon Law Claim

If you want to pursue a claim under Colorado’s lemon law, you must first send a notification to the manufacturer and give them one last chance to repair the vehicle. According to the law, the demand letter must be sent by certified mail, with a return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.

Once you send the letter, the manufacturer must make a final repair attempt. If the problem still isn’t fixed, you must enter into the manufacturer’s informal dispute resolution process. You can accept the findings of the arbitrator, or you can reject them and go to court. However, the suit must be filed within six months following the expiration date of your warranty term or within one year following the original delivery date of your vehicle, whichever comes first.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Colorado

Wherever you are in the lemon law claim process, we’re happy to help. Whether you need help gathering the material documenting your lemon, submitting the final demand letter, negotiating a settlement, or appealing the arbitration decision, Lemberg Law will be at your side every step of the way.

Helping consumers is what we do. We’ve helped more than 15,000 people recover more than $35 million.

Remember that vehicle manufacturers have teams of lawyers that do nothing but fight lemon law claims. Lemon laws try to level playing field by forcing automakers to pay the consumer’s attorney fees in successful lemon law claims. That’s why our representation won’t cost you a dime.

There’s a limited window of opportunity for filing a lemon law claim. If you suspect you have a Colorado lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.

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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  • Chris N

    Bought a 2016 ram 1500 back in February. Less then a month of having it problems started arising. First the cv axle completely broke. Thankfully it was covered under warranty from the dealer. 2nd during the time of the cv axle, the engine light came on for the fuel pump. I took it to the dealer and let them know of the problem. They fixed my cv axle. And said my fuel pump was fine. Not even 3 weeks later my fuel pump goes out. But of course it isn’t covered. My vehicle has been with the service department for almost 3 months. Don’t get calls back or anything. They told me it was being worked on. Just for me to call back 2 weeks later to be told they never started on it and are still waiting on the part.

  • Lance

    I bought/ financed a used 2016 Toyota 4Runner with 116000 miles or so from a used car dealer. Had it 2 days, engine light came on and it started running rough so rolled into a Toyota dealer thinking it was something simple. Turns out it needs a new engine…ok, I bought pre-owned vehicle coverage that covered it. Engine in, but it now needs the catalytic converter also replaced due to the old engine frying it, Not covered. $1250 hit! Haven’t had vehicle since original incident and have had a non covered rental car. This could be going on around a month now with no vehicle still. The carfax for this 1 owner vehicle was immaculate with no major issues and services by the book, so was not expecting anything like this to happen. This was not bought at a Toyota dealership but from their affiliated used dealer. If this isn’t a lemon I don’t know what is. So, what I need to know, does this fit into a possible case ? Or am I just screwed?

  • Elan

    We got this car on Halloween, 2 days of having it , it was smoking we took it to the shop on the 3rd day unsure if it would even go, but it did said there was no radiator cap, no radiator fan, gas gasket leaking all of these things. Didn’t have our car for almost 2 weeks and they didn’t even give us a loaner car to drive around in . 3 days after we had to take it to the shop again because it didn’t pass the emissions test and it had to stay in the shop for another 2 weeks almost and they said they drove the car multiple times and that it needed miles now . We drove it and immediately felt the alignment off and pulling to the right , BUT THEY DIDNT NOTICE IT? . I finally take it to a different shop because the shop I took it too before were not going to give us a loaner car during the Thanksgiving week if we brought it in because the check engine light came on and off . I take it to Big o tires and they say I don’t even know how your driving this car it’s like a ticking time bomb waiting to drop basically . Is this a lemon or just a messed up used car ? I got this at carhop and it’s a 2008 Mercury Mariner

  • Tammy

    My daughter bought a used car not from a dealership. The ad didn’t say as is but it was totally falsified ad. For one thing it said it was a 4 wheel drive, great running no mechanical problems etc I could go on. (put a lot off money into the car already). Well it’s not 4wd had major mechanical issues plus some to find out the air bag had been deploy!ed. Isn’t that against the law? We have contacted the seller he stated he would help take care of the problem or give her half the money back. Now he’s avoiding her calls. What can we do? Is she just stuck with a lemon.

  • Trista B

    I bought a used car in June 2019 from a dealership that still has power train warranty. It has been in the shop twice for transmission issues and once for engine issues within 2 months. Can you tell me if there is anything I can do regarding the lemon law? Thank you.

  • San C

    My vw has been in the service department 4 times for the same issue and in addition, the service department caused damage to my vehicle. Im curious if I have any rights for this vehicle

  • Bea C

    Having issues with a new car I brought from Volkswagen. Car has gone back to be services several time . Too much time spent for a new car to be having so many issues

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