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D.C. Code - §40-1301
- Vehicles Covered:
- Passenger vehicle sold or registered in D.C. Excludes buses sold for public transportation, motor cycles, motor homes and recreational vehicles.
- Persons Covered:
- Purchasers or lessees, transferees during express warranty period, or any person entitled to enforce the warranty.
- Period Covered:
- Whichever is first: 18,000 miles or two years.
- Notice Requirement:
- (a) Manufacturer - written notice to the prospective consumer of consumer rights; (b) Consumer - report the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent, or the authorized dealer by certified mail.
- Repair Requirements:
- It is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made if the same nonconformity is subjected to four or more repairs, or the vehicle is out of service for 30 or more days; or if a safety related defect is subjected to one or more repair attempts.
- Affirmative Defenses:
- The nonconformity does not substantially impair the vehicle, or is the result of the consumer's abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or alterations: Statute of limitations.
- At the consumer's option, the manufacturer shall replace with a comparable vehicle, or refund the full purchase price less a reasonable use allowance (defined).
- Other Reimbursement:
- Taxes, fees and charge; refund to the consumer and lienholder.
- Other remedies:
- There is no limit on other consumer remedies. Violation is unlawful trade practice.
- For remedies under this action, a consumer must use the government-run arbitration board informal dispute settlement procedure.
- Resale of Lemon:
- Dealer must disclose to prospective buyer.
Disclaimer: Please note that statutes may have been amended since the book was originally published in 2005.
Please consult your Secretary of State or local DMV office for the most recent and up to date statutes for the California Lemon Law.