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What Is a Lemon Car?

What Is a Lemon Car? A vehicle that continues to have a defect (not apparent when it was purchased) that substantially affects its use, value, or safety features.

As a rule, Lemon title is applied to cars that have beeb repaired 4 or more times for the same Defect while being under warranty and the Defect has not been removed. In this case you could qualify for money back or a replacement for your lemon vehicle. However, remember the following if you think you might be driving a Lemon:

  • First, much depends on the type of defect. In most States, 10 different defects during the Warranty Period does not brand the car as a Lemon. In some States, a single defect that might cause Serious Injury makes your car a Lemon if the manufacturer cannot remove the defect within 1 attempt.

  • Second, the lemon laws are different in each state so you should consult the Lemon Law Summary and the State Statutes for your particular State.
  • Note that the warranty period may or may not coincide with the Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Lemon Car Symptoms

If the brakes don’t work, steering wheel won’t turn, the car won’t go into reverse gear, engine won’t start on cold mornings or hot afternoons, the rear door opens all by itself, the driver’s seat shakes, or the car pants along at 30 mph when it should be running 50 mph, then -
Yes, you may have a Lemon. Provided you’ve given the manufacturer an opportunity to fix the defect and the defect remained.

These symptoms won’t turn your car into a lemon

If the paint is coming off, the light switch came out when you pulled on it, the car makes “funny noises” but otherwise drives just fine, the lining has a hole in it, back seat upholstery cracked when you sat on it… Or just anything you don’t like about your new car after purchasing it, but none of them prevent you from driving it or affect your safety.

When Do I need a Lemon Lawyer?

It depends on the State where you purchased or registered your car in. Lemon Laws differ from state to state. A car that qualifies as a Lemon in one state will not qualify in another. In some States and with proper documentation, you simply file a Complaint. In other States, you will need to hire an Attorney.

We hope the information above helped you answer the question What Is a Lemon Car?

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Manufacturing Country / Region:
Japan / Asia



Transmission Type:
4 Spd Automatic 

Drive type:


Sedan 2 Door 

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Basic Specifications:
Tilt Wheel,Power Steering, AM/FM Stereo , Power Brakes

Safety Features:
Dual Front Air Bags 

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