Washington Lemon Law Summary
The Washington lemon law covers a new motor vehicle that:
- Is primarily designed for the transportation of persons or property over the public highways;
- Was originally purchased or leased at retail from a new motor vehicle dealer or leasing company in Washington; and
- Was initially registered in Washington, or for which a temporary license was issued to a nonresident member of the U.S. armed forces who has applied for out-of-state registration.
"New motor vehicle" includes a motorcycle, a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 19,000 pounds, the self-propelled vehicle and chassis of a motor home, and a demonstrator or lease-purchase vehicle sold with a manufacturer’s warranty.
"New motor vehicle" also includes a vehicle purchased or leased with a manufacturer’s written warranty by a member of the armed forces, regardless of in which state the vehicle was purchased or leased, if (1) the vehicle otherwise meets the definition of a new motor vehicle, and (2) the consumer is a member of the armed forces stationed or residing in Washington at the time the consumer submits a request for arbitration.
The lemon law does not cover a new motor vehicle purchased or leased by a business as part of a fleet of ten or more vehicles at one time or under a single purchase or lease agreement.
Manufacturers participating in this state: