Understanding Arizona Lemon Law

The lemon law also covers anyone to whom the vehicle is transferred during the terms of the vehicle’s express warranty, and anyone else entitled by the warranty to enforce its obligations. Arizona’s lemon law does not cover leased vehicles.

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Arizona’s lemon law covers new vehicles used for the transportation of people or property over public highways, including the vehicle portion of motor homes. The law further mandates used cars are covered for 15 days or 500 miles after delivery, whichever is earlier.

The lemon law does not cover the parts of a motor home designed, used or maintained primarily as a dwelling, office or commercial space. It also doesn’t cover any vehicles with a declared gross weight over 5 tons.

Arizona’s lemon law covers any defect or condition that substantially impairs the use and value of the motor vehicle to the consumer. The lemon law defines these issues as “nonconformities.” Arizona’s lemon law does not cover nonconformities resulting from abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations by the purchaser.

The Arizona lemon law compels manufacturers to repair eligible nonconformities as long as the consumer reports the problem within the term of the warranty. They must also repair nonconformities reported within a period of two years or 24,000 miles following the vehicle’s original delivery to the consumer, whichever is sooner.

The lemon law does not cover the parts of a motor home designed, used or maintained primarily as a dwelling, office or commercial space. It also doesn’t cover any vehicles with a declared gross weight over 5 tons.

Arizona’s lemon law covers any defect or condition that substantially impairs the use and value of the motor vehicle to the consumer. The lemon law defines these issues as “nonconformities.” Arizona’s lemon law does not cover nonconformities resulting from abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations by the purchaser.

The Arizona lemon law compels manufacturers to repair eligible nonconformities as long as the consumer reports the problem within the term of the warranty. They must also repair nonconformities reported within a period of two years or 24,000 miles following the vehicle’s original delivery to the consumer, whichever is sooner.

Arizona’s lemon law says a manufacturer must replace or repurchase any nonconforming vehicle they or their authorized agents are unable to repair. However, the lemon law says the consumer must allow the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to correct the nonconformity.

The law defines a “reasonable number of attempts” as four attempts to fix the same problem without success. After this, if the nonconformity remains, or if the vehicle is out of service for more than 30 working days, the manufacturer must repurchase or replace the vehicle.

The Arizona lemon law requires manufacturers to pay the vehicle’s full purchase price when repurchasing the vehicle. The manufacturer must also pay all collateral charges associated with the purchase including all applicable taxes. The manufacturer may withhold a reasonable allowance for the consumer’s use of the vehicle.

The lemon law requires any manufacturer replacing a nonconforming vehicle to provide an entirely new vehicle. If the replacement vehicle is of lesser value than the nonconforming vehicle, the manufacturer must refund to the consumer the difference in taxes attributed to their sales. If the replacement vehicle is worth more, the manufacturer must calculate the gross proceeds by subtracting the value of the nonconforming vehicle from the replacement vehicle and collect tax on the difference.

Arizona’s lemon law requires consumers to resort first to a manufacturer’s informal dispute settlement procedure, i.e. arbitration, before seeking repurchase or replacement.

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Arizona consumers with warrantied vehicle problems would be well served to contact a law firm for a consultation on what their next step should be, whether it be going through with arbitration or proceeding to trial. In court, consumers are guaranteed the ability to gather evidence under the state’s civil discovery rules, and to be represented by a qualified lawyer who can guide them through the often complex legal process.

By pursuing a claim under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Arizona consumers can hire lemon law lawyers who will represent them without the vehicle owner having to pay any attorneys’ fees directly out of their pocket. This is because the federal Act provides that the vehicle manufacturer shall pay the claimants’ reasonable attorneys’ fees if the claimant prevails against the manufacturer.

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