When you buy a new car from an auto dealership, you rightfully expect that the vehicle will be in good working order. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often, consumers find out weeks or months later that the brand new car they just bought or leased is a lemon — a car with a defect or multiple defects that cannot be repaired.

If this happens to you, the most important thing for you to remember is that you have rights under state and federal law. Our experienced Anchorage-based consumer protection attorney, Daniel I. Pace, is familiar with the Alaska lemon law, as well as the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (the federal lemon law), and can help you obtain relief under these laws.

The Basics Of Alaska's lemon law

In general, the Alaska lemon law covers new consumer vehicles, which are vehicles that are primarily used for personal or household use. The law does not apply to tractors or most off-road vehicles. Additionally, most used cars are excluded from coverage under the law.

Even if you believe that your car is not covered under Alaska's lemon law, however, it is important to seek legal advice, as it may be covered under the federal lemon law.

Under Alaska law, if you report a defect with your new car, the vehicle's manufacturer must attempt to repair the vehicle through its dealer or repair agent. If the defect cannot be repaired after a "reasonable number of attempts," the manufacturer, at your request, is required to replace the vehicle or refund your money.

Alaska's lemon law presumes that you have given the manufacturer a reasonable chance to repair the vehicle if:

  • The manufacturer has tried and failed to repair your car at least three times or
  • The total repair time for all the defects exceeds 30 business days (which need not be consecutive)

If you have been sold a defective vehicle, it is important to act fast, as there are notice requirements and other time-sensitive legal formalities under the law.

Call Us To Protect Your Rights

The legal team at Pace Law Offices can advise you further on your rights under state and federal lemon laws and pursue all available remedies on your behalf. Contact us today at 907-222-4003 to speak with a lawyer and learn more about how we can help you.