Indiana’s “Lemon Law” (The Motor Vehicle Protection Act), provides protection to Hoosier consumers who purchase vehicles that don’t meet
certain basic standards. Read the information below to learn if Indiana’s Lemon Law might be able to help you.
Vehicles Covered By The Lemon Law
Did you buy or lease for personal use:
- A car or light truck?
- Within the last 18 months?
- With less than 18,000 miles?
- From an Indiana dealer?
If you answered yes to these questions, your vehicle may be covered by the Lemon Law.
What To Do If You Buy A Lemon
- Report the problem within 18 months of purchase or before 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- Take your vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair.
- Allow a dealer a reasonable number of attempts to repair. A reasonable number of attempt means: your vehicle is subject to at least
four repair attempts OR is out of service due to repairs for at least 30 business days and the problem still exists.
- Request a copy of the written repair order every time you take your car to the dealer for repair or examination.
- Read your owner’s manual or vehicle warranty.
- The manufacturer has 30 days to accept return of your vehicle and, at your option, replace the vehicle or refund your money.
- If the manufacturer does not resolve your claim, you must file a lawsuit within two years from the date you first reported the problem to the
dealer. If you win the lawsuit, you can recover all your costs and attorney fees.