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Lemon Law in Kansas

The Lemon Law is enforced by the Kansas Attorney General's Office. It has published an excellent lemon law brochure outlining the steps you'll need to take in order to protect your rights under this law.

Is My Car a Lemon?

Your car will be considered a lemon if within 1 year of owning it (or during the warranty period), it has a major defect that impairs its use and value and:

  • At least 4 attempts have been made to repair the defect.
  • At least 10 attempts were made to repair a number of different defects.
    OR
  • It has been out of service for repairs for 30 days or longer.

NOTE: The Kansas lemon law covers new cars only.

If you indeed have a lemon, check if the car manufacturer has an arbitration process in place. If after arbitration you are unable to come to an agreement, contact a lemon law attorney for advice.

Filing a Claim Under KS Lemon Laws

If you think you have a lemon, keep excellent written records. Document the following:

  • Phone calls to the dealership, repair department, and manufacturer.
  • Trips to the dealership.
  • Dates of vehicle in the repair department and reasons for the repair visits.
  • What has been wrong with the vehicle and the repairs that were attempted.
  • Time lost from work.
  • Cash out of your pocket.
  • Receipts and invoices for towing and repairs.

If the vehicle has met the criteria above:

  • Check the recall list to see if the vehicle has been subject to a recall.
  • Write a letter to the dealership, outlining your concerns, even if you've already been over them verbally. Sending the letter certified, with a return receipt requested, is suggested.
    • Keep a copy with your notes and other records. Follow up with a phone call to make sure they received the letter.
  • If the problem is not fixed after you send the letter, send a registered letter to the manufacturer. Let them know the problem and give them an outline of what you've done so far to try to correct it.
    • Learn what process you must take with the manufacturer in order to resolve the issue, and follow it. (The dealer should have a brochure or a printed sheet with this information.)
  • If, after you've done all of the above and you still don't have a resolution, you will need to contact an attorney or file a complaint with the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Hiring a Lemon Law Attorney in KS

If you've never dealt with a lemon vehicle before, you may not know what to look for in a good attorney. Keep these tips in mind when doing your research:

  • Find a lawyer who knows the Kansas lemon law.
    • Lemon laws differ state by state; make sure they know the Kansas law well.
  • Ask for recommendations and referrals.
  • Hire an attorney with a proven track record and experience.
  • Talk to multiple Kansas attorneys, as initial consultations are usually free.

Make sure you find a lemon law attorney that you trust and can feel confident with when being represented in court.

Benefits of Kansas Lemon Law Attorneys

A KS lawyer specializing in lemon can help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Representing you in court.
  • Gathering all required documents to be used in court.
  • Negotiate with the vehicle manufacturer and their lawyers.
  • Ensure you are given what you're owed.

Talk with multiple lemon law attorneys in Kansas before hiring one and ask how they can help your case specifically.

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