Alabama Lemon Law Summary
STANDARDS OF THE ALABAMA LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Alabama lemon
law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Alabama Code Section 8-20A-1
The Alabama lemon law covers self-propelled vehicles intended primarily for use and
operation on the public highways. The lemon law does not cover motor homes or any
motor vehicle having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or
more. The lemon law appears to cover used vehicles.
The lemon law covers consumers who fall into either of the following categories:
1. The purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, of a new or previously untitled
motor vehicle used in substantial part for personal, family or household purposes; or
2. Any other person who is entitled to enforce the warranty.
The lemon law appears not to cover lessees.
The lemon law does not apply to vehicle converters.
VEHICLE PROBLEMS COVERED
The lemon law covers nonconforming conditions. A nonconforming condition means
any motor vehicle condition that does not conform to the manufacturer’s express
warranty, and that:
1. Significantly impairs the use, value or safety of the motor vehicle;
2. Occurs or arises solely in the course of the ordinary use of the motor vehicle;
3. Does not arise or occur as a result of abuse, neglect, modification or alteration of the
motor vehicle not authorized by the manufacturer; and
4. Does not arise or occur as a result of any accident or other damage to the motor
vehicle that occurs or arises after the vehicle was delivered to the consumer by an
LEMON LAW COVERAGE PERIOD
The lemon law establishes a lemon law rights period ending one year after the date of
the vehicle’s original delivery to a consumer or the first 12,000 miles of operation,
whichever occurs first.
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/