Minnesota Lemon Law Info – MN Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Minnesota?

In the state of Minnesota, 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 Minnesota Lemon Law?

Minnesota lemon law covers new and leased passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks that are purchased in MN. 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 two years from the 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 (with the first repair attempt occurring within two years of the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty, whichever comes first), has been taken in once for a steering or braking defect that is likely to cause death or serious injury, or if it has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 business days for a variety of defects
  • The manufacturer or dealer has been notified in writing of the defect and been given a final opportunity to repair the vehicle
  • Is driven at least 40 percent of the time for personal, family, or household use

Minnesota Statutes, Section 325F.665 is the state’s lemon law

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Does the Minnesota 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 MN Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Minnesota Law

Minnesota 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
  • Dealer- or manufacturer-installed options
  • Sales tax
  • License fees
  • Registration fees
  • Reimbursement for towing
  • Rental expenses
  • Attorney’s fees

The amount of the monetary reward may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle, which is calculated at 10 cents per mile or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less.

Pursuing a MN Lemon Law Claim

Under Minnesota lemon law, you must notify the manufacturer or dealer in writing of the problem with your vehicle, and give the manufacturer the opportunity to fix it one last time. You should send the letter via certified mail, with return receipt requested. Here’s a sample demand letter that you can adapt for your use.

If the problem isn’t fixed and the manufacturer requires it, you must participate in your vehicle manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (for example, arbitration, conciliation, or mediation) before you are eligible to file a lemon law claim in court. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the arbitration process, you have six months to file a lawsuit in court. If the manufacturer doesn’t require you to participate in an informal dispute resolution process, you have three years from the delivery date of your vehicle to follow suit, providing you reported the defect within two years or before the end of the warranty period, whichever comes first.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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.

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