The Kentucky lemon law applies to a motor vehicle that:
The lemon law does not cover motor homes, motorcycles, mopeds, vehicles with more than 2 axles, farm tractors and other farm machines, and vehicles substantially altered after the initial sale from a dealer to an individual.
A "new motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle that:
The lemon law covers any resident person who buys or contracts to buy a new motor vehicle in Kentucky. The lemon law also covers any resident person who leases a new motor vehicle in Kentucky after July 15, 1998. The lemon law does not cover subsequent purchasers or lessees.
The lemon law applies to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers vehicle "nonconformities", which it defines as the failure to conform with an express warranty in a manner that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the motor vehicle.
The lemon law provides the manufacturer with an affirmative defense if it can be shown that the nonconformity, defect or condition is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modification or alteration of the vehicle by the consumer.
The Kentucky lemon law creates a presumption that a reasonable number of attempts have been made if, within the first 12,000 miles of operation or during the period of 12 months following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to the consumer buyer, whichever is earlier, either:
Disputes arising under the lemon law provisions requiring repurchase or replacement must be resolved through the required informal dispute resolution system, prior to seeking any judicial relief.
Each manufacturer transacting business in Kentucky must offer to consumers a comprehensive informal dispute resolution system that accepts warranty disputes occurring during the earlier of the first two years or 25,000 miles of the consumer's or lessor's ownership of the motor vehicle. Note that this requirement is independent of the lemon law provisions, and requires arbitration of certain warranty disputes that might not be covered by the lemon law.
Guidance from the Attorney General indicates that t he dispute resolution provisions apply to any new motor vehicle that that would normally be used for personal, family or household purposes, regardless of how the individual buyer uses the particular vehicle that is the subject of the dispute. Any vehicle falling within the lemon law's definition of motor vehicle is covered by the dispute resolution provisions.CLICK HERE to read more about Kentucky Lemon Law