Utah's Lemon Law

Utah's "Lemon Law" requires that if a new vehicle is replaced or repurchased by a manufacturer due to an alleged "nonconformity," that the Utah title be stamped with a "brand" stating "MANUFACTURER BUYBACK NONCONFORMING VEHICLE." Utah law defines a nonconformity as:

"a defect, malfunction, or condition that fails to conform to the express warranty, or substantially impairs the use, safety, or value of a motor vehicle." (41-3-407 UCA)

However, the law states a "nonconformity" does NOT include a defect, malfunction, or condition that results from an accident, abuse, neglect, modification or alteration of a motor vehicle by a person other than the manufacturer, its authorized agent or a dealer.

The law also requires the manufacturer or any future seller (dealer or individual) to disclose to a potential buyer, in writing, and in a "clear and conspicuous manner," the fact that the vehicle is a manufacturer buyback.

Utah statute requires the following disclosure language to be contained in each contract for the sale or lease of a buyback vehicle or a nonconforming vehicle to a consumer.

 

Disclosure Statement

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): _______________________

Year:_______ Make:______________ Model:_________________________

Prior Title Number:______________

State of Title:_______

Odometer Reading:___________

This is a used motor vehicle. It was previously returned to the manufacturer or its agent in exchange for a replacement motor vehicle or a refund because it was alleged or found to have the following nonconformities: (nonconformities are listed)

THIS DISCLOSURE MUST BE GIVEN BY THE SELLER TO THE BUYER EVERY TIME THIS VEHICLE IS RESOLD

____________________________________
(Buyer's Signature)

_______________________
Date

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