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Tennessee Lemon Law FAQ

Tennessee Lemon Law

Tennessee Lemon Law -
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

How does the TN Lemon Law work?

Tennessee�s Lemon Law covers drivers whose vehicles suffer a nonconformity or defect within the first 1 year or express warranty period, whichever comes first, that can't be repaired after repeated attempts (normally 4) by the manufacturers authorized dealership.

Does a problem always need to occur four times to be considered a lemon?

Not necessarily. If your car is in the shop 30 days or more in the first 12 months or in the express warranty period, (whichever comes first), consecutive or not, we can file a claim under the Law.

What happens if I fall outside the 12 months/warranty period before my first problem exists? Does this mean I do not have a claim?

No. If you are having continuous problems and your car is under a manufacturer's warranty, we can still help under the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Please let us know about your repairs and we will have someone from our firm contact you and explain your rights. The representation is still completely cost-free.

How does the TN Lemon Law offer cost-free representation?

The Tennessee Lemon Law contains a fee-shifting provision which means that if the consumer prevails, the manufacturer must pay all attorney fees and legal costs on top of what you receive. If you submit a claim to Kimmel & Silverman, and we accept your case, you will not pay anything out of pocket, win or lose. The fee-shifting provision gives you equal footing when battling against a multi-billion dollar automobile manufacturer.

Are leased cars covered under the Tennessee Lemon Law?

Yes, cars that are purchased and leased are both covered.

Are motorcycles covered under the TN Lemon Law?


I have had my car for only a few days and already I am having problems with it. Can I just return it to the dealership?

No. Problems can occur immediately, but if you are interested in opening a Tennessee Lemon Law claim, you must follow proper procedures. That means making an appointment to have your car examined and repaired, and securing a repair invoice when you pick up your car. Make sure the invoice properly outlines all of the problems you disclosed to the service manager. We also suggest you keep a personal log of your repair visits and PLEASE HOLD ON TO THE INVOICES. This does not mean that we can't help you if you don't have the invoices (we can subpoena them if necessary) but it does make your case move along smoother. DO NOT JUST DROP OFF YOUR CAR AND KEYS AT A DEALER AND SAY "I DON'T WANT THIS CAR ANYMORE." THEY COULD COUNT IT AS A VOLUNTARY REPOSSESSION AND IT COULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUR CREDIT! IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS, CONSULT A CONSUMER ATTORNEY, BE IT US OR SOMEONE ELSE.

Are used cars covered under the Tennessee Lemon Law?

Used cars are not covered. However, as mentioned earlier, this law, which provides the same cost-free representation as the TN Lemon Law, protects consumers with used cars who have repeated problems under an original or extended manufacturers warranty.

I have so many more questions. Who can I ask?

Ask away. Give us a call at 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652) 24 hours a day or feel free to e-mail us and we will be glad to get back to you as soon as possible.

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