The Vermont lemon law covers a passenger motor vehicle purchased, leased or registered in the state. The lemon law does not cover tractors, motorized highway building equipment, road - making appliances, snowmobiles, motorcycles, mopeds, the living portion of recreational vehicles, or trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 12,000 pounds.
The lemon law covers the following "consumers":
The lemon law applies to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers any defect or condition covered by the warranty that substantially impairs the use, market value or safety of the motor vehicle to the consumer. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
The lemon law provides manufacturers with an affirmative defense if it can be shown that the alleged nonconformity does not substantially impair the use, market value or safety, or that the nonconformity i s the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or alterations of a motor vehicle by a consumer.
The Vermont lemon law establishes a presumption that a reasonable number of repair attempts has been undertaken to conform a motor vehicle to the applicable warranties if either of the following occurs:
For purposes of the presumption, repair attempts must be evidenced by a written examination or repair order issued by the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer. The repair attempts must be undertaken by the same agent or authorized dealer unless the consumer shows good cause for taking the vehicle to a different agent or authorized dealer.
The term of an express warranty and the 30 day period are extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available to the consumer because of a war, invasion, strike fire, flood or other natural disaster. If an extension is required because of any of these conditions, the manufacturer shall provide for the free use of a motor vehicle t o the consumer whose vehicle is out of service.
On the written notice provided to the manufacturer, the consumer must elect to use the dispute settlement mechanism established by the manufacturer or the state arbitration board. The election to proceed before the manufacturer's mechanism or the state arbitration board precludes the consumer's recourse to the method not selected.CLICK HERE to read more about Vermont Lemon Law