29 Oct Can I File My Lemon Law Claim in Indiana?
Indiana Lemon Law Blog: Does It Matter Where I Bought My Car?
If you recently bought a new car and have discovered it’s a lemon, your first step should be to contact a lemon law attorney. However, where you bought the car may determine where you need to search for an attorney.
If your car has been in and out of the repair shop multiple times and despite their efforts, you’re still having problems with it, you might have a lemon. However, if you currently reside in one state but bought your new vehicle in another state, you may be wondering where you must file your lemon law case. How do you know which state lemon law applies to your vehicle?
Lemon Laws Vary by State
In general, each state has its own laws that define what a vehicle is under the particular law. In Indiana, a “motor vehicle” or “vehicle” means any “self-propelled vehicle that has a declared gross vehicle weight of less than ten thousand (10,000) pounds” that’s used as a personal vehicle. If that’s you, the key to understanding which state law applies to your vehicle lies in the specific location of your purchase. Indiana Code 24-5-13-5(2)(A) and (B) specifically requires that in order for the Indiana Lemon Law to be triggered, the car must be sold to either a “buyer in Indiana and registered in Indiana” or a “buyer in Indiana who is a nonresident” defined by Indiana Code 9-13-2-113.
In other words, in order for the Indiana Lemon Laws to apply, the vehicle must be purchased in Indiana, but it generally doesn’t matter where you reside once you purchase or lease your vehicle.
My Lemon Was Purchased in Indiana…Now What?
If your car was purchased in Indiana and you believe you have a lemon, you may have a claim under the Indiana lemon law statutes. You can find more information about the next steps at our Indiana Lemon Law FAQ page and find our what documents you may need in order to file your lemon law claim HERE.
Indiana Lemon Law Attorneys
At Chambers Law Office, our lemon law attorney, Katie Kawiecki, has the experience necessary to walk you through the process step-by-step, while working to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Chambers Law LLC today to speak to an attorney who can help you determine whether the Indiana Lemon Law applies to you! Call us at 317-450-2971!