Hello, Reader Kabinetrakyat! If you live in Maryland and have recently purchased a new or used vehicle that is giving you constant trouble or has significant defects, then you are probably wondering about Maryland’s Lemon Law. This law was enacted to protect consumers from vehicles that suffer from “nonconformities,” or defects that seriously impact their use or value, and it requires the manufacturer to fix the problem or replace the car if certain conditions are met. In this article, we will explain in detail how the Lemon Law works in Maryland, what its strengths and weaknesses are, and how to take advantage of it if you need to.

In this article, we will be using the term “vehicle” to refer to any type of car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or motor home as defined by the Maryland Lemon Law.

The Lemon Law is a complex legal topic, but we will do our best to make everything clear and understandable. Let’s get started!

What is the Maryland Lemon Law?

The Maryland “Lemon Law” applies to new or used cars and light trucks that are purchased in the state. It is a consumer protection law designed to ensure that if a vehicle has a serious defect or doesn’t conform to the manufacturer’s warranty, the manufacturer has a duty to repair or replace the vehicle.

According to the Lemon Law, if a manufacturer fails to repair the problem or provide a refund or replacement vehicle, the consumer has a right to file a lawsuit to enforce their rights.

The Conditions that Must Exist to Qualify Under the Lemon Law in Maryland

In order to qualify for relief under the Maryland Lemon Law, a vehicle has to meet the following conditions:

  1. The vehicle must be new or used, and must have been purchased, leased, or transferred to a person for personal use.
  2. The vehicle has to have one or more nonconformities that impair its safety, use, or value.
  3. The nonconformity (or nonconformities) must have been reported to the manufacturer or its authorized dealer within 2 years following the date of original delivery of the vehicle to the consumer.
  4. The nonconformity must be unable to be repaired within 4 attempts or have the same nonconformity repaired for a total of 30 or more days since the delivery of the vehicle to the consumer.
  5. The consumer must give the manufacturer or authorized dealer a detailed written notice by certified mail regarding one last opportunity to repair the nonconformity before the consumer may proceed with a Lemon Law claim.
  6. If the manufacturer fails to provide relief to the consumer who has met all the conditions above, the consumer has a right to bring a lawsuit to enforce their rights.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Maryland Lemon Law


The Maryland Lemon Law creates a framework for vehicle consumers to receive compensation under the following conditions:

  1. The law establishes clear guidelines that manufacturers must follow to repair or replace defective vehicles.
  2. The consumer has the right to request a refund or replacement vehicle if the manufacturer is unable to repair the nonconformity.
  3. The Lemon Law provides a legal remedy to protect consumers’ rights, particularly if the manufacturer is not cooperative in resolving the issue.


Although the Lemon Law has significant benefits for vehicle consumers, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind:

  1. When it comes to the number of repair attempts, there is no requirement that the same defect be repaired each time to qualify for coverage under the Lemon Law.
  2. The consumer is responsible for notifying the manufacturer of the nonconformity in writing form to qualify for relief under the Lemon Law.
  3. If the arbitration vehicles are not locally available, the owner must either pay and get reimbursed or travel to attend the hearing.
  4. There are numerous requirements and conditions that must be met to qualify under the Lemon Law, which means that it may not benefit all consumers or defects.

The Process of Making a Lemon Law Claim in Maryland

If you believe you have a vehicle that qualifies under the Maryland Lemon Law, there are specific steps you must follow to seek a refund or replacement:

  1. In writing, notify the manufacturer via certified mail of the defect that renders your vehicle a “lemon.”
  2. Give the manufacturer a copy of the detailed written notice that offers the manufacturer the final opportunity of one that attempts to fix the defect.
  3. If the manufacturer refuses to provide a refund or replacement that meets the qualifications under the Maryland Lemon Law, you may file a claim against the manufacturer in court.

FAQs About Maryland Lemon Law

What happens to my car when I file for a Lemon Law claim in Maryland?

Your car may undergo a technical inspection, and you may be required to provide records of repair history or other information about the vehicle’s nonconformities.

What is the time limit to make a Lemon Law claim in Maryland?

You must file a Lemon Law claim in Maryland within three years of purchasing the vehicle or within one year of the expiration of the warranty, whichever is sooner.

What happens if the dealer or manufacturer refuses to admit my car is a lemon?

If the manufacturer refuses to acknowledge your claim that your vehicle is a lemon, you may file a lawsuit to enforce your rights under the Lemon Law.

Can I get a replacement vehicle under the Lemon Law in Maryland?

Yes, if you qualify under the Maryland Lemon Law, you may be eligible to receive a replacement vehicle instead of a refund.

What happens if the manufacturer cannot repair my vehicle correctly?

If the manufacturer is unable to repair your vehicle correctly, you may have the right to receive a refund or a replacement vehicle.

Can a dealer sell a previously-returned vehicle, labeled “Lemon Law Buyback Vehicle”?

Yes, but they must disclose that the car was previously returned under a Lemon Law buyback to the new buyer.

Can an attorney fee be recovered when hiring an attorney for a Lemon Law case in Maryland?

Under Maryland law, if consumers prevail in a Lemon Law claim, the court may award attorneys fees and costs to the consumer.

Can I make a Lemon Law claim if I bought my car outside of Maryland?

The Maryland Lemon Law only applies to vehicles that are purchased, leased, or registered in Maryland. If you purchased your vehicle in another state, you will need to seek advice about that state’s Lemon Law provisions.

Are commercial trucks covered under the Maryland Lemon Law?

The Maryland Lemon Law applies to vehicles used for personal use and light-duty trucks, vans, and SUVs that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.

Can a Lemon Law claim be made if my vehicle has been in an accident?

If your vehicle has been in an accident, it must be repaired to its original condition before the Lemon Law can apply.

What happens if I modify my vehicle after purchasing it?

If you make modifications after purchasing your vehicle, it may affect your eligibility under the Lemon Law. Modifications should be avoided unless approved by the manufacturer first.

Can the Lemon Law work in favor of the manufacturer instead of the consumer?

No, the Lemon Law is designed specifically to protect consumers, not manufacturers. If the manufacturer cannot repair or replace your vehicle as required under the Lemon Law, they must provide a refund or a replacement vehicle.

Can I make a Lemon Law claim if my vehicle has high mileage?

High mileage does not necessarily disqualify your vehicle from relief under the Maryland Lemon Law if it meets the other requirements.


So, Reader Kabinetrakyat, now you know what the Maryland Lemon Law is, how it works, and its strengths and weaknesses. If you suspect your car may be a lemon, be sure to follow the guidelines of the Lemon Law. You deserve a vehicle that is not defective, and you have the right to seek a refund or a replacement vehicle if your vehicle meets the requirements under the Lemon law. Remember, if you cannot get relief under the Lemon Law, you have the legal right to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer. We hope you found this guide helpful and informative. Good luck!


The information presented in this article is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. It is not intended to constitute nor does it constitute legal advice or advice of any other kind. You should refrain from relying on any content contained in this article without seeking legal advice. We disclaim all liability in respect of any actions taken or not taken based on any or all data provided in this article.

Condition Requirement
New or Used Vehicle Yes
Personal Use Yes
Nonconformity affects safety, use or value Yes
Notification of nonconformity made within the first two years or 24,000 miles, whichever is earlier Yes
Nonconformity persists despite three or more repair attempts Yes
Vehicle was out of service due to repairs for at least 30 calendar days since the delivery of the vehicle to the consumer Yes
Consumer gave manufacturer or authorized dealer notice of one last opportunity to repair nonconformity Yes


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