Alaska Lemon Law

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Alaska Lemon Law – Summary

Alaska’s lemon laws state that if the buyer of a vehicle finds a major fault in it – which the manufacturers are unable to fix even after four valid attempts by the vehicle manufacturer to repair it – the manufacturer is liable to repurchase or replace the faulty vehicle. This law applies to the vehicle throughout its warranty period, and if the vehicle is still under its warranty period and meets the eligibility criteria as specified by Alaska’s state laws, the owner of the vehicle can claim their arbitrary aid and request an arbiter to look into the matter and provide them with the necessary reimbursement, in the form of a refund or replacement of the faulty vehicle. The repurchase costs will also cover any additional costs the owner underwent while purchasing the vehicle, but may not include a certain portion of the initial payment of the vehicle on account of the number of days the vehicle has been used by the owner, if any. This law does not apply to used cars.

Alaska Lemon Law Eligibility

Alaska’s lemon laws do not apply to used vehicles. New vehicles, which observe a nonconformity which cannot be repaired by the manufacturers even after three reasonable repair attempts, or are out of order for over 30 consecutive or nonconsecutive days, are eligible for an arbitrary claim. The nonconformities include any damages done to the car, which have not been initiated by the owners themselves and must be a fault caused by the manufacturers themselves, which considerably decreases the vehicle’s performance, market value and safety. The manufacturer should have at least three valid attempts at repairing the vehicle. 

Alaska Lemon Law Notice

The owner must then submit to the manufacturers a written notice if the fault persists even after three repair attempts or if the car remains out of order for 30 days or more due to the fault. This notice should include all necessary documents of the vehicle and the repair attempts, as well as a chronological order of your vehicle’s history and it’s faults. Make sure that you send this notice within sixty days before the vehicle’s express warranty expires, or sixty days prior to a one-year period starting from the day that your vehicle is delivered. Your notice should also contain the following information:

  1. The fact that your vehicle has a nonconformity as well as a description of the nonconformity. You should also mention that the manufacturer has made a considerable number of unsuccessful attempts of repairing the vehicle.
  2. That you demand a refund or a replacement of the vehicle, which should reach you no later than the 60th day of the manufacturer receiving the notice.
  3. A description of your vehicle’s make and model. Also include its identification number.
  4. Include your name, address, and a valid and active phone number.

Within the next 30 days of receiving the notice, the manufacturers will attempt a final repair of the vehicle. If the condition still remains unresolved, you will then receive a replacement or refund for the faulty vehicle, as chosen by you.

A repurchase will entitle the owner to receive a sum of money which will include the initial value of the car, as well as any additional charges born by them, which were initiated by the manufacturer. The manufacturer may, however, deduct a portion of the final amount for the number of days the owner was actually able to use the vehicle. This payment will also exclude any accrued charges. 

Does the Alaskan Lemon Law Cover Used Vehicles?

The Alaskan Lemon Law does not cover Used Vehicles.

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