Florida’s Motor Vehicle Warrant Enforcement Act is commonly referred to as the “Lemon Law.” If a “motor vehicle” purchased or leased in Florida has a defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle, you must report the problem to the manufacturer or authorized service agent (typically the car dealership) during the “Lemon Law Rights Period” (the first 24 months after the original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer) in order to exercise rights under the Lemon Law. Defects or conditions that result from an accident, abuse, neglect, modification, or alteration of the vehicle by persons other than the manufacturer or its authorized service agent are not included.

The Lemon Law defines “motor vehicle” to include new and demonstration motor vehicles; trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or less gross vehicle weight; recreational vehicles (other than the living facilities); and leased vehicles if the lessee is responsible for repairs. In addition, if a car is transferred directly to another consumer from the original purchaser within the first 24 months after its original purchase, the transferee can also seek redress under the lemon law, with the original lemon law time frames still in effect.