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How The Lemon Law helps get coverage for defective vehicle

According to Montana's New Motor Vehicle Warranty Act, all newly-manufactured vehicles fall into this category. If the vehicle is a "lemon," which means it has any kind of defect and the consumer is unable to get it repaired, even after repeated attempts, then the repair of the vehicle or replacement of the defective auto part must be done by the manufacturer.

However, it is important for consumers to know that the Lemon Law is only applicable to those vehicles that are purchased, leased or titled in Montana. Also, the vehicle should not be more than 2-years-old and should have less than 18,000 miles. The same set of rules applies to motorcycles. Defects that reduce the safety of the vehicle are also covered under The Lemon Law.

Consumers should also know that the Lemon Law does not cover vehicles purchased for business purposes, trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, off-road vehicles and the residential portions of motor homes. This also doesn't cover vehicle defects incurred due to abuse, neglect, accident and modification or alteration by any other dealer or manufacturer.

The consumer may not able to get the coverage for a vehicle under the Lemon Law after two years, however, if the defect is reported, in writing, within two years of the original delivery, then this period can be extended up to one year.

For auto or equipment defects, it is important to keep all the documents of the vehicle. In order to prove that the vehicle is a lemon, people will need all purchase documents, records of maintenance activities and repair orders as well as the receipts. Most importantly, people should have all possible documents and evidence related to the defect.

Source: Montana Department of Justice, "The Lemon Law," Accessed on Aug. 7, 2015

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