South Carolina Lemon Law Summary

The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the South Carolina
lemon law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at South Carolina Code
Ann. §§ 56-28-10 through 56-28-110.
The South Carolina lemon law covers “motor vehicle” sold and registered in the state.
“Motor vehicle” means a private passenger motor vehicle that is:
1. A motor vehicle designed, used, and maintained for the transportation of ten or
fewer persons; and
2. Trucks having an empty weight of 7,000 pounds or less and a gross weight of 9,000
pounds or less.
The lemon law does not cover motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, the living portion of
recreational vehicles, and off-road vehicles.
“New motor vehicle” is a private passenger motor vehicle that has been sold to a new
motor vehicle dealer by a manufacturer and that has not been used for other than
demonstration purposes and on which the original title has not been issued from the
new motor vehicle dealer.
The lemon law covers the following consumers:
1. The purchaser, including a lessor, for purposes other than resale, of a motor vehicle
normally used for personal, family, or household purposes, and subject to the
manufacturer’s express warranty ; and
2. Any other person entitled by the warranty to enforce its obligations.
The lemon law appears to cover a subsequent transferee.
The lemon law applies to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers any nonconformity, which is defined as a defect or condition that
substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the motor vehicle. This does not include
a defect or condition that results from an accident, modification, or alteration of the
motor vehicle by persons other than the manufacturer or its authorized service agent.
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