Hawaii Lemon Law Summary
STANDARDS OF THE HAWAII LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Hawaii lemon law.
The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Hawaii Rev. Stat. section 481I-1 et
The Hawaii lemon law covers a motor vehicle, defined as a self-propelled vehicle
primarily designed for the transportation of persons or property over public streets and
highways and used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
1. A motorcycle purchased or leased on or after September 1, 2010;
2. A demonstrator vehicle assigned by a dealer for the purpose of demonstrating
qualities and characteristics common to vehicles of the same or similar model or
3. An individually registered vehicle used for an individual’s business purposes and for
personal, family, or household purposes; and
4. A vehicle owned or leased by a sole proprietorship, corporation or partnership that
has purchased or leased no more than one vehicle per year, and used for household,
individual, or personal use in addition to business use.
The lemon law covers used vehicles, but does not cover mopeds, motor scooters, or
vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds.
The lemon law covers the following consumers:
1. The purchaser, for purposes other than resale;
2. The lessee of a motor vehicle who leases a motor vehicle for one year or more
pursuant to a written lease agreement which provides that the lessee is responsible
for repairs, or pursuant to a lease-purchase agreement;
3. Any person to whom the motor vehicle is transferred during the duration of the
express warranty applicable to the motor vehicle; and
4. Any other person entitled to enforce the terms of the express warranty.
The lemon law covers any nonconformity, which it defines as a defect, malfunction or
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/