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Tennessee Lemon Law Information

The Tennessee Lemon Law applies when, during the first year (no mileage limit) following delivery of a new vehicle:

  • the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem three (3) or more times, or
  • the vehicle has been out of service for repair at the dealership for a cumulative total of 30 days or more.

To qualify for the Lemon Law, after either of the criteria above is met, you must notify the manufacturer in writing by certified mail. After receiving your notice, the manufacturer has ten (10) days to make a final repair attempt.

Also to qualify, the problem must "substantially impair" the automobile, & must not be the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of a motor vehicle by a consumer.

Tennessee Lemon Law information from the Dept. of Commerce & Insurance »

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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.

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