Colorado Lemon Law Summary
STANDARDS OF THE COLORADO LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Colorado lemon
law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Colorado Rev. Stat. 42-10-101
The Colorado lemon law covers motor vehicles, which means private passenger vehicles,
pickup trucks and vans that are:
1. Designed primarily for travel on the public highways;
2. Used to carry not more than ten persons; and
3. Sold to consumers in Colorado.
The lemon law does not cover motor homes or vehicles designed to travel on three or
fewer wheels in contact with the ground. The lemon law does not cover leased vehicles
but appears to cover used vehicles.
The lemon law covers consumers who fall into any one of the following categories:
1. The purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, of a motor vehicle normally used
for personal, family, or household purposes;
2. Any person to whom such motor vehicle is transferred for the same purposes during
the term of the manufacturer’s express warranty; or
3. Any other person entitled by the terms of such warranty to enforce its obligations.
The lemon law does not apply to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers any defect or condition that substantially impairs the use and
market value of the motor vehicle. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
The lemon law provides manufacturers with an affirmative defense if it can be shown
that the alleged nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized
modifications or alterations of the vehicle by the consumer.
MANUFACTURER’S DUTY TO REPAIR
If a motor vehicle does not conform to the manufacturer’s written warranty and the
consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent, or its authorized
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/