GEORGIA Lemon Law:
Ga. Code Ann. §§ 10-1-780 to 10-1-794
Vehicles covered: New vehicles that are under 10,000 lbs. and
purchased, leased or registered by the original buyer in-state;
excludes those portions of motor homes used for dwelling, and
office or commercial space (§ 10-1-782(11)).
Persons covered: Purchasers, transferees or lessees of new motor
vehicles used primarily for personal, family or household purposes,
and any sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation which owns
or leases fewer than three motor vehicles, has ten or fewer employees
and has a net income of $100,000 or less per annum
Period covered: Whichever comes first: one year after date of
original delivery or first 12,000 miles (§ 10-1-782(9)).
Disclosure requirements: Dealer must provide written explanation
of consumer’s rights; owner’s manual published by the manufacturer
must include a list of the addresses and phone numbers where
consumers may, at no cost, contact the manufacturer’s customer
service personnel (§ 10-1-783(a), (b)).
Required consumer notice: Notice to the manufacturer sent by
certified mail, return receipt requested (§ 10-1-784(a)(1)).
Repair requirements: It is presumed that a reasonable number of
attempts have been made if a serious safety defect in the brakes or
steering system has been repaired once during the earlier of one
year or 12,000 miles, any other serious defect has been repaired
two or more times (one of those times within the earlier of one year
or 12,000 miles), or, within the earlier of twenty-four months or
24,000 miles, either the same nonconformity has been subject to
three or more repairs or the vehicle has been out of service for a
cumulative total of thirty or more days (fifteen of them within the
earlier of one year or 12,000 miles) (§ 10-1-784(b)).
Affırmative defenses: The nonconformity does not substantially
impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle, or is the result of the
consumer’s abuse, neglect or unauthorized modification or alteration
Replace/refund: At the consumer’s option, the manufacturer shall
replace with a new identical or reasonably equivalent vehicle, or
accept a return and refund the purchase price. In either case, the
manufacturer is allowed a reasonable offset for use (§ 10-1-784(a)).
Other reimbursement: All collateral and incidental charges less a
reasonable offset for use (§ 10-1-784(a)(4)). Costs and attorney
fees if consumer prevails upon manufacturer’s appeal of arbitration
decision (§ 10-1-788).
Other remedies: Any violation of this article is an unfair and
deceptive act or practice; there is no limit on other consumer
remedies (§§ 10-1-790, 10-1-792).
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section a
consumer must use an informal dispute settlement procedure, if
available and administrator-certified (§ 10-1-793). If no manufacturer
settlement procedure is available, the consumer may apply to
the new Motor Vehicle Arbitration Panel (§ 10-1-787).
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required in writing. Written
warranty of correction of any serious safety defect. Express written
warranty for earlier of twelve months or 12,000 miles (§ 10-1-