Delaware Lemon Law Summary

  • Eligibility: 4 unsuccessful repairs or 30 calendar days out of service within shorter of 1 year or warranty.
  • Resolution Attempt: Written notice + opportunity to repair to manufacturer. Law specifically applies to leased vehicles.


The First State might be small, but the dense population demands reliable transportation. If your vehicle can’t live up to an occasional commute, or is constantly in the shop for the same issue, you may own a lemon. Fortunately, there are laws designed to protect you as a consumer.

There are several characteristics that envelop the lemon law in Delaware. There must be at least 4 unsuccessful repair attempts, or it must have been out of service 30 calendar days within the first year of ownership or warranty period.

The lemon law covers both new and leased vehicles, as well as used vehicles, as long as they are bought or registered in the state of Delaware. Motorcycles and motor homes, however, are not covered.

There is an apparent arbitration process that involves sending a written notice to the manufacturer. From there the manufacturer will have an opportunity to repair it.

For more information on Delaware’s lemon laws, you can contact the Delaware Consumer Protection hotline at (800) 220-5424.