Washington Lemon Law Summary


The Washington lemon law covers a new motor vehicle that:

  1. Is self-propelled and primarily designed for the transportation of persons or property over the public highways; and
  2. Was originally purchased or leased at retail from a new motor vehicle dealer or leasing company in Washington.


"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.


Washington Lemon Law Summary


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