• Hailey Rice

All About the Connecticut Lemon Law

When life hands you lemons, it's usually best to make lemonade.

When a car dealer hands you a lemon, it's usually best to call a lemon law attorney.

The Connecticut Lemon Law applies to defective cars sold in the state of Connecticut. The lemon law applies to new cars only. If you bought a defective used vehicle, you may still have rights under the Connecticut warranty laws.

The Connecticut Lemon Law obligates car dealers and manufacturers to accept return of, or replace, a defective new car if they are unable to repair it within a "reasonable number of attempts."

The law does not specify exactly what is a "reasonable number of attempts", but it does provide some guidance. Generally, four (4) attempts to repair is considered a "reasonable number," but a lesser number of attempts may be considered "reasonable" if the defect is the kind that poses a serious health or safety risk. A consumer may not need to show a reasonable number of attempts if she or he can instead show that the car was out of service for a total of 30 or more days within the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of operation.

If a Vehicle is eligible for a lemon law claim, the consumer may be entitled to either a replacement Vehicle OR return of the vehicle and a refund of the following:

(1) The full contract price, including but not limited to, charges for undercoating, dealer preparation and transportation and installed options,

(2) all collateral charges, including but not limited to, sales tax, license and registration fees, and similar government charges,

(3) all finance charges incurred by the consumer after he first reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, agent or dealer and during any subsequent period when the vehicle is out of service by reason of repair, and

(4) all incidental damages, less a reasonable allowance for the consumer's use of the vehicle.

A dealership or manufacturer may dispute a claim by asserting that the defect is not "significant" enough to seriously impact the use or value of the Vehicle and/or that the defect was a result of misuse by the consumer.

If a car buyer is successful in bringing a lemon law claim, she or he may also claim attorney's fees and costs from the defendant.

If you would like to speak with a lemon lawyer, schedule a free case review on our website or by calling us at (860) 756-0405.

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