Alabama Lemon Law:
Ala. Code. §§ 8-20A-1 to 8-20A-6
Vehicles covered: All vehicles, new or previously untitled, that are
under 10,000 lbs., self-propelled, and intended primarily for operation
on public highways (§ 8-20A-1(2)). Excludes motor homes.
No reference to leased vehicles.
Persons covered: Purchasers or any persons entitled to enforce the
warranty if vehicle used in substantial part for personal, family, or
household purposes (§ 8-20A-1(1)).
Period covered: Whichever comes first: one year after date of
original delivery or first 12,000 miles (§ 8-20A-1(8)).
Disclosure requirements: None for manufacturer.
Required consumer notice: Written notification describing the
vehicle and all previous attempts to correct the nonconformity
Repair requirements: It is presumed that a reasonable number of
attempts have been made if the same nonconformity has been
subjected to three or more repairs, or the vehicle is out of service
for a cumulative total of thirty or more calendar days (§ 8-20A-
Affırmative defenses: The nonconformity does not significantly
impair the use, market value or safety of the vehicle, or is the result
of abuse, neglect, or any unauthorized modification or alteration by
the consumer (§ 8-20A-3(b)); statute of limitations (§ 8-20A-6).
Replace/refund: At the consumer’s option, the manufacturer shall
replace with a comparable vehicle, or refund the full purchase price
less a reasonable allowance (defined) (§ 8-20A-2(b)).
Other reimbursement: Collateral charges, taxes, fees, finance
charges and incidental costs (§ 8-20A-2(b)); attorney fees (§ 8-
Other remedies: There is no limit on other consumer remedies.
Consumers have no lemon law cause of action against dealer, and
dealer may not be made party to lemon law suit (§ 8-20A-5).
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section, a
consumer must first exhaust any remedy available through an
informal dispute procedure established by the manufacturer (§ 8-
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required. Title must be branded
with notice of return to manufacturer because of non-conformity to
warranty (§ 8-20A-4).