What You Need to Know About How Florida Lemon Laws Protect Consumers

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The journey to purchasing a new vehicle can be stressful. One of the main considerations that cause people to experience stress when they are looking for new cars is the possibility that their new vehicle could experience costly mechanical problems. Fortunately, the Florida lemon law can help protect new vehicle buyers from the sale of defective vehicles.

Problems Covered by Florida’s Lemon Law

Lemon laws in Florida protect vehicle owners from purchasing vehicles that cannot be operated or which pose a significant safety hazard. Any vehicle that may have an impairment in operation or safety is labeled as having “nonconformities” under the lemon laws in Florida. The dealership may attempt to repair the vehicle and does have several chances to fix the potential damage.

What Type of Vehicles Do Lemon Laws in Florida Cover?

In Florida, lemon laws cover trucks, and cars are covered under the lemon laws only if they are purchased for personal transportation. Business and commercial vehicles do not apply. Lemon laws also do not apply to the following vehicles:

  • Off-road vehicles
  • Mopeds
  • Trucks with a G.V.W. of 10,000 pounds or higher
  • Motorcycles

Do Lemon Laws Cover Used Vehicles in Florida?

Lemon laws in Florida only cover new vehicles.

Typically, this means that only the first buyer of a vehicle may be protected under the lemon laws. However, owners can report nonconformities under the lemon law in Florida for up to 24 months after the vehicle was originally purchased. If the new vehicle is transferred to a second owner during this period, the second owner may be covered under the lemon law rights.

Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center to know more about lemon laws in Florida.