The Georgia MVWR Act covers a new motor vehicle that is leased or purchased in Georgia or registered in Georgia by the original consumer. It also covers a demonstrator vehicle and the self-propelled vehicle and chassis of a motor home. The MVWR Act does not cover motorcycles, trucks with a G.V.W. rating of 10,000 pounds or more, or vehicles that are bought used.
The MVWR Act covers a consumer who purchases or leases a new motor vehicle primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. It also covers a small business that has ten or fewer employees and a net income after taxes of less than $100,000 per year, and owns or leases no more than three new motor vehicles.
The MVWR Act covers vehicle nonconformities. A nonconformity is a defect, serious safety defect , or condition that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of a new motor vehicle to the consumer. A nonconformity does not include a defect or condition that is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modification or alteration of the new motor vehicle.
manufacturer, its agent or dealer must be provided with a reasonable number of attempts to repair or correct a nonconformity in accordance with at least one of the following situations:
If a manufacturer participates in an informal dispute resolution mechanism that has been certified by the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, then a consumer must submit a dispute under the MVWR Act to the informal dispute resolution procedure before submitting it to the Georgia new motor vehicle arbitration panel. A consumer must exhaust any certified informal dispute resolution procedure and the Georgia new motor vehicle arbitration panel remedy before filing any superior court action. The consumer has the option of either accepting or rejecting the decision of an informal dispute resolution mechanism.
If a decision is not rendered by the informal dispute resolution mechanism within forty (40) days of filing , the consumer will become eligible to apply for arbitration by the Georgia new motor vehicle arbitration panel. Please note: To pursue remedies under the MVWR Act, the MVWR Act and related regulations require the consumer to complete, sign and return the Georgia UCC Waiver form. By signing this form, the consumer acknowledges waiver of rights under Article 2 of the Commercial Code, found at O.C.G.A. 11-2-602 through 11-2-609. If the consumer is pursuing relief under the MVWR Act, the consumer must complete, sign and return the form before proceeding to arbitration. Questions about this form may be addressed to BBB AUTO LINE staff or the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs at (404) 656-3790.CLICK HERE to read more about Georgia Lemon Law