TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

is there a tesla lemon law?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by CPD2601, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. CPD2601

    CPD2601 Member

    Aug 29, 2015
    Columbus, Ohio
    So i've had my vehicle for almost 2 years now and have had multiple things changed or replaced. I've has ball bearings replaced, Door handles, Door handle motor, Drivetrain replaced and most recently the 12V battery replaced. The list provided is not everything but it seems to me that i've had a lot of things replaced. I will say that Tesla has been amazing and have fixed all issues without complaint from me.
    • Like x 1
  2. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    ...and yet..?

    So where are you on the absolute-lemon-to-healthy-citrus spectrum?
  3. whitex

    whitex Active Member

    Sep 30, 2015
    Seattle area, WA
    Lemon law applies equally to all manufacturer cars, but usually cars much newer than 2 years old. Check with your local state exactly what lemon law may apply to your situation, if any.
  4. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    San Mateo, CA
    Glad to hear it. And note that it is normal for the 12V battery to be replaced in two years.

    I don't understand your thread title. Yes, there are car lemon laws. There is not a specific "Tesla lemon law".
  5. CmdrThor

    CmdrThor Active Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Marietta, GA
    To answer the question in the title, no there is no law I know of that specifically deals with Tesla lemons. Most if not all states have laws for all new vehicle lemons. At two years old though I am pretty sure the time is long past for declaring your vehicle a lemon. That of course is dependent on your state's law though so you should find out what it is.
  6. croman

    croman Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    Chicago, IL
    Your car isn't a lemon by any lemon law. Unless the same thing keeps breaking, move along and enjoy the car. Most auto manufacturers won't be so nice to deal with when getting cars fixed even under warranty. Enjoy that. If someone does keep breaking, then do some research. Its not hard to find out information on lemon laws in your state.
  7. PeterHG

    PeterHG Member

    Feb 3, 2017
    Sudbury, MA
    Lemon laws typically focus on a manufacturer's inability to correct a problem--you need a new drivetrain every 3 months, for example--not a series of fixed problems.

    But bigger picture, what would you expect them to do? This sounds like a series of small inconveniences that they've handled well. I agree that there should not be this many small inconveniences. But do you like your car? Would you buy another one? If the answer to both questions is yes, maybe you're in good shape overall.
  8. Hota

    Hota Member

    Jun 27, 2016
    New England
    This is the lemon law in Ohio:

    If you can answer “yes” to any of the following four questions, you have the legal right to ask the manufacturer to replace the lemon or refund the entire purchase price:

    In the first year or first 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first:
    • Have three or more attempts been made to repair one problem and then the problem either continues to exist or occurs again?
    • Has the vehicle been in the shop for a cumulative total of 30 days or more during its first year or 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first?
    • Have eight or more attempts been made to fix different problems?
    • Has one unsuccessful attempt been made to fix a problem that could cause death or serious injury?
  9. RobertF

    RobertF Member

    Apr 21, 2016
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Tesla has posted their official "Lemon Law" position by applicable state in the Document section in of your "My Tesla" account section of the Tesla website. Simply logon to your account and select "Manage" next to the image of your Tesla car. I found several helpful official documents in this section.

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.