Vermont, like all other states, has implemented a Lemon Law designed to protect consumers that purchase a new vehicle that has a problem of such magnitude that it cannot be rectified.
What is a lemon vehicle under the Vermont Lemon Law?
If the new car you bought has a fault that cannot be repaired by the dealer, under the Vermont Lemon Law you may be eligible for a replacement or refund. To be considered, the vehicle must:
- Have been purchased in the State of Vermont
- The dealer failed to repair the defect after three tries, and
- The car has been in for repair while under warranty for 30 days or more
Once you are sure your car qualifies, the next step is to seek arbitration or file a civil lawsuit. The law in Vermont does not apply to vehicles purchased out of state, not registered in Vermont, or exceeding 12,000 lbs GVW.
Filing a claim:
If you have every reason to believe your vehicle is a lemon you can request arbitration. Send a copy of the request to the state Arbitration Board and the vehicle manufacturer. Any demand for arbitration must be made within one year after the expiration of the warranty.
If the Board rules in your favor they can choose to either award a replacement or a prorated refund of the purchase price. Do not think that the Board always sides with the consumer; it can just as easily side with the manufacturer. In this case, you have every right to hire an attorney and sue.
Hiring an attorney:
If your case reaches the point where you need the assistance of an attorney, make sure he or she knows the Vermont Lemon Law, is intimate with buyer’s rights in the state, and has a winning record in cases such as yours.
Vermont Lemon Laws are in place to provide protection for those who buy a vehicle that has a serious fault. For further information and a list of attorneys that can help, you are invited to visit Lemon Law America.