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South Carolina - Code §56-28-10
- Vehicles Covered:
- Passenger vehicles as classified by the statute, including demonstrators. Excludes living portion of recreational vehicle and off-road vehicles sold and registered in state.
- Persons Covered:
- Purchasers or lessors, other than for resale, of vehicles normally used for personal, family, or household purposes, and any other person entitled to enforce the warranty.
- Period Covered:
- Whichever is first: one year or 12,000 miles.
- Notice Requirement:
- (a) Manufacturer - information about consumer complaint remedies and dispute resolution procedure; (b) Consumer - written notice to the manufacturer or agent; manufacturer has ten days to notify consumer of accessible repair facility and has ten days after delivery to cure.
- Repair Requirements:
- It is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made if the same nonconformity has been subjected to three or more repairs, or the vehicle is out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days.
- Affirmative Defenses:
- Three year limitations period; The nonconformity does not significantly impair the use, market value or safety of the vehicle, or is the result of abuse, neglect, or any unauthorized modification or alteration.
- At the consumer's option, replacement or refund the purchase price, including finance charges, sales taxes and license fees, and registration fees, less a reasonable allowance (defined); refunds to the consumer and lien holder.
- Other Reimbursement:
- Costs and expenses, including attorney fees and all other costs attributed to the nonconformity.
- Other remedies:
- None specified.
- For remedies under this section, a consumer must use the informal dispute procedure established by the manufacturer provided that it complies with 16 C.F.R. 703.
- Dealer Liability:
- None, except for express warranties made by the dealer apart from those of the manufacturer.
- Resale of Lemon:
- May not be resold with certain exceptions. Full disclosure to the consumer is required.
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.