Colorado Lemon Law Information
GET MAD: Colorado has one of the worst Lemon Laws in the U.S. from the consumer's perspective. Colorado's out-of-service criteria of 30 business days (6 weeks!!) is the second-longest of the 50 state lemon laws, & the 4-repairs/1-year criteria is the most restrictive.
The Colorado Lemon Law applies when, during the first one-year period following delivery of the vehicle:
- the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem four or more times, or
- the vehicle has been out of service due to repair attempts by the dealer for a total of 30 or more business days.
The defect or problem must substantially impair the use or the market value of the vehicle. Prior to suing a manufacturer for a refund or replacement vehicle, you must first send a written notice of defect by certified mail to the manufacturer, give them a chance to repair it and go through the manufacturer's informal dispute settlement procedure, if one exists. Manufacturers that have a dispute settlement, or arbitration, procedure that complies with Federal standards are not subject to provisions of the Lemon Law concerning refunds or replacement until the customer has pursued arbitration.Colorado Lemon Law information from the Attorney General's Office » TIP: expand the "Colorado Lemon Law" section
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Helpful Lemon Law Tips
Most states require you to notify the dealer and the manufacturer that you have a Lemon Law claim. Always use Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
If the manufacturer has an informal mediation or dispute resolution process, most states require you to do that first before pursuing litigation. However, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Most lawyers will not charge you for an initial consultation or legal fees for Lemon Law arbitration. If they decide you have a case, normally the manufacturer is forced to pay your legal costs.