Learning More About Lemon Laws and How They May Apply to Your Case

Are you stuck with a defective motor home, boat, or motorcycle? Are such vehicles covered by the Lemon Law in Michigan? Read on for more details.

The Definition of a Motor Vehicle

Many people ask if their motorcycles, ATVs, and RVs qualify under Michigan’s Lemon Law. Unfortunately, only some types of vehicles qualify. The definition of a “motor vehicle” is found in Section 33 of the state’s vehicle code, and it states that motor homes, buses, and vehicles with less than four wheels are excluded.

Fortunately for Michigan’s residents, other laws provide legal remedies for defective recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Common law and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act both allow for a claim based on a breach of warranty or contract.

Vehicles Bought in Michigan

Most notably, if you bought your vehicle outside the state of Michigan or if you are not a resident of the state, the Lemon Law in Michigan may not offer coverage. They define a new motor vehicle as one that’s leased or bought in the state or by a resident of the state and is under a manufacturer’s warranty at the time of lease or purchase.

Michigan’s Rules Don’t Always Work in a Consumer’s Favor.

It’s important to consider these rules when deciding whether you’ve bought a “lemon.” Although every state has a Lemon Law, it’s important to understand the specifics of Michigan’s laws. For instance, Connecticut’s Lemon Law covers all commercial and passenger motor vehicles. Ohio includes light trucks not used for business, passenger cars, motorcycles, and motor home chassis. Unlike the Lemon Law in Michigan, other states’ laws cover RVs, motor homes, and commercial vehicles.

Although it’s upsetting to be stuck with a lemon and it’s sometimes difficult to gain compensation under state law, an experienced attorney may be able to help you. Call our professionals at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or visit our website to learn more.


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