Tennessee Lemon Law Summary

  • Eligibility: 4 unsuccessful repairs or 30 calendar days out of service within shorter of 1 year or warranty.
  • Resolution Attempt: Certified mail notice to manufacturer + final opportunity to repair within 10 calendar days. Law specifically applies to leased vehicles.


If you have recently purchased or leased a vehicle in Tennessee, and you’ve found that the shop is seeing it more than you are, you may have a lemon. Luckily, Tennessee has lemon laws set in place to protect you from throwing money away into a vehicle that was supposed to do its job.

Tennessee qualifies a lemon as a vehicle that has gone through 4 unsuccessful repairs attempts of a defect, or has been out of service for 30 calendar days within the first year of purchase or end of the warranty period.

If your vehicle falls within these requirements, you may be entitled to a full refund. Tennessee requires that you provide a written mail notice that allows the manufacturer an additional opportunity to correct the problem within 10 calendar days. If the problem still persists, arbitration may be available.

For more information, you can contact Tennessee Attorney General’s at (615) 741-3491.