The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Indiana lemon law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Indiana Code Sec. 24 - 5 - 13.
The lemon law covers any self propelled vehicle that:
The lemon law appears to cover used vehicles, but does not cover conversion vans; motor homes; farm tractors and other machines used in the actual production, harvesting, and care of farm products; road building equipment; truck tractors; road tractors; motor cycles; mopeds; snowmobiles; or vehicles designed primarily for off road use.
The lemon law covers any "nonconformity", which is defined as any specific or generic defect or condition or any concurrent combination of defects or conditions that:
It is an affirmative defense to any claim under the lemon law that:
If a motor vehicle has a nonconformity and the consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent, or authorized dealer within the "term of protection" (defined as the earlier of 18 months or 18,000 miles after the vehicle's original delivery to a consumer), the nonconformity must be corrected, even if the repairs are made after the expiration of the term of protection.
If the manufacturer, its agent, or authorized dealer is unable to correct a nonconformity after a reasonable number of attempts , the manufacturer must, at the consumer's option, either replace or repurchase the motor vehicle.
The Indiana lemon law provides that a manufacturer has had a reasonable number of repair attempts if:
The period of t hirty business days is extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available as a direct result of a strike, although the burden is on the manufacturer to show that the strike was the direct cause for the failure to cure any nonconformity during that time. The manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer must provide or make provisions for the free use of a vehicle to any consumer whose vehicle is out of service by reason of repair during a strike.
The lemon law does not apply to any consumer who has not first resorted to an informal dispute settlement procedure established by the manufacturer or in which the manufacturer participates, if: