If you recently purchased or leased a car only to discover it has one issue after another, you may be wondering if lemon law Colorado can help. The lemon law provides legal rights regarding significant vehicle defects. But what criteria does a car need to meet to qualify as a “lemon” in Colorado and allow you to take legal action against the manufacturer? Let’s take a closer look.
What Types of Vehicles Are Eligible?
The Colorado lemon law covers passenger vehicles like cars, pickup trucks, and vans that weigh less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. It applies to new and leased vehicles that are still under warranty. So if you’re having chronic issues with your new or leased car, truck, or van that’s under 10K GVW, it likely meets the basic criteria.
What Qualifies as a Lemon?
For a vehicle to legally count as a “lemon” in CO and be eligible for a case under the lemon law, it must meet a few specific requirements:
- The defect or condition has been subject to repair 4 or more times
- The first time it was in the shop, it was still within 1 year of original delivery
- It was out of service for repairs for 30 days or more total
Additionally, the defect must continue to substantially impair the vehicle after all those repair attempts.
What Evidence Do You Need to Provide?
To build a compelling case under Colorado’s lemon law, meticulous records are key. Be sure you have documentation showing:
- Purchase or lease date
- Extensive repair history
- Diagnosis of issue each time it was in the shop
- Number of days out of service
With concrete evidence proving the defect, repair attempts, and total days without use of the vehicle, you’ll have what you need.
Does a Settlement or Buyback Guarantee Exist?
Unlike some other state lemon laws, Colorado doesn’t require that the manufacturer provide consumers a replacement vehicle or refund. But in some cases, they may offer a “buyback” repurchasing the car for the full price minus a small mileage offset. And repairs must still be covered under warranty if they qualify. So while not guaranteed, there are often still options to pursue.
What Are Some Common Lemon Car Defects?
Some types of vehicle defects that frequently cause cars to qualify as lemons under Colorado law include:
- Engine issues: Oil leaks, coolant leaks, knocking, overheating
- Transmission problems: Slipping, jerking, failure to engage
- Electrical faults: Power windows, lights, stereo, power locks
- Brake problems: Grinding, squeaking, vibrating
So if you’re battling any chronic mechanical or electrical issues like these, chances are your vehicle may meet the state’s lemon criteria.
Who Can File a Lemon Law Claim in Colorado?
To file a lemon law claim against a manufacturer in CO, you must be the:
- Original purchaser
- Current owner
- Current lessee
So if you leased or purchased your vehicle new, and are the one who has warranty documentation for all the repair attempts, you can move forward with the process.
Turn That Lemon Into Lemonade
Having continual breakdowns, repairs, and time without your new vehicle is assuredly frustrating. But if you’ve kept careful records, you likely have a legitimate case under Colorado’s lemon law. And that means you can take legal action to get the compensation you deserve. With the right proof in hand, you can squeeze those lemons into sweet lemonade after all.