STANDARDS OF THE NORTH DAKOTA LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the North Dakota
lemon law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at North Dakota Cent.
Code §§ 51-07-16 through 51-07-22.
The North Dakota lemon law covers the following “passenger motor vehicles” sold or
leased in North Dakota:
1. Motor vehicles designed principally for the transportation of persons;
2. Trucks that have a registered gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less; and
3. Vehicles that use a truck chassis but have a seating capacity of four or more
The lemon law appears to cover used vehicles, but does not cover motor homes.
The lemon law covers the following “consumers”:
1. The purchaser or lessee, other than for purposes of resale or lease, of a passenger
motor vehicle normally used for personal, family or household purposes;
2. Any person to whom the passenger motor vehicle is transferred for the same
purposes during the duration of the vehicle’s express warranty; and
3. Any other person entitled by the terms of the 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 passenger motor vehicle. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
The lemon law provides the manufacturer an affirmative defense if the manufacturer
can show that:
1. The alleged nonconformity does not substantially impair the use and market value of
the passenger motor vehicle; or
2. The nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or
alterations of the passenger motor vehicle by a consumer.
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/