The Tennessee lemon law covers a passenger motor vehicle and a motorcycle that is sold in Tennessee and is subject to registration and title in Tennessee or any other state.
The Tennessee lemon law does not cover motor homes used as a dwelling place, living abode or sleeping place; garden tractors; recreational vehicles or off - road vehicles; and vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
The lemon law covers the following "consumers":
The lemon law covers a subsequent transferee, but does not cover any governmental entity or any business or commercial entity that registers three or more vehicles.
The lemon law covers any nonconformity to the warranty, defect or condition that substantially impairs the motor vehicle. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
"Substantially impair" is defined to mean to render a vehicle unreliable or unsafe for normal operation or to reduce its resale market value below the average resale value for comparable vehicles.
It is an affirmative defense if the manufacturer can show that the alleged nonconformity does not substantially impair the motor vehicle, or the nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the vehicle by a consumer.
The lemon law defines "term of protection"to mean the term of applicable express warranties or the period of one year following the date of the motor vehicle's original delivery to a consumer, whichever comes first.
The Tennessee lemon law establishes a presumption that a reasonable number of repair attempts has been undertaken to conform the motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if either of the following occurs:
The term of protection and the 30 day period are extended by any period during which repair services are not available because of war, invasion, strike or fire, flood or other natural disaster.
If the manufacturer has established or participates in an informal dispute settlement procedure that complies with 16 C.F.R. Part 703 and with the provisions of the lemon law, and the manufacturer causes the consumer to be notified of the procedure, then the provisions requiring refund or replacement do not apply unless the consumer has first resorted to the informal dispute settlement procedure. The Tennessee Attorney General must, upon application, issue a determination whether the informal dispute settlement procedure qualifies under the lemon law.CLICK HERE to read more about Tennessee Lemon Law