For complete information on the Wisconsin Lemon Law, please review the program information:
What qualifies as a “lemon”?
Your vehicle may qualify as a “lemon” if all the following are true:
You bought or leased a new vehicle
The vehicle is a car, truck, motorcycle, or motor home
The vehicle developed a defect or defects (a nonconformity) during its first year and before the warranty expired
The defect seriously harms the vehicle’s use, value, or safety
One of the following happened during the vehicle’s first year and before the warranty expired:
What does not qualify as a “lemon"?
- Mopeds, semitrailers, or trailers designed for use in combination with a truck or truck tractor are not covered by the Wisconsin Lemon Law.
- Vehicles purchased outside the state of Wisconsin or purchased online and delivered outside Wisconsin
- If the vehicle was purchased in another state, contact that state’s transportation department to determine what your rights might be under law
- Used vehicles are not considered “lemons”. If you have issues with a used vehicle purchased from a Wisconsin dealer, you may want to file a dealer complaint.
2014 Changes to Wisconsin Lemon Law
On March 1, 2014, changes to the Wisconsin Lemon Law were put into effect. If you purchased a new vehicle prior to March 1, 2014, and you believe the vehicle may be a “lemon”, please contact the Lemon Law program specialist: WisLemonLaw@dot.wi.gov.