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States with the Best Lemon Laws

Earlier this month, the Center for Auto Safety, (an awesome consumer advocacy organization) released their rankings of State Lemon Laws.

For those of you who aren't aware, Lemon Laws are consumer protection laws that allow car buyers to receive a refund or replacement vehicle if their new car has a defect that can't be fixed after a certain number of attempts.

Lemon Laws are implemented on a State level, which means some states provide much stronger protection than others. New Jersey is ranked #1, while Illinois and Colorado come in last place.

Check out the rankings below to see how well your State protects your rights when buying a new car:

RankStateLetter GradeTotal Score
1New JerseyA84
2WashingtonA83
3Rhode IslandB+64.5
4HawaiiB+62
5OhioB+61.5
6New YorkB+60
7MaineB 59
8FloridaB58.5
9TexasB58
10District of ColumbiaB54.5
11IdahoB54
12CaliforniaB53
13GeorgiaB53
14West VirginiaB53
15MassachusettsB51.5
16MinnesotaB51.5
17IowaB-49
18New HampshireB-48.5
19VirginiaB-48
20ConnecticutB-47.5
21WisconsinB-46.5
22ArkansasB-42
23MarylandC39.5
24VermontC39
25DelawareC37.5
26North CarolinaC36.5
27OregonC36.5
28South CarolinaC-34
29South DakotaC-31
30IndianaD30
31MichiganD29
32MontanaD28
33ArizonaD27
34AlabamaD26
35PennsylvaniaD24
36New MexicoD23.5
37OklahomaD23.5
38TennesseeD23
39WyomingD22
40NebraskaD-20
41KentuckyD-18
42AlaskaD-17
43MississippiD-16
44KansasD-15
45UtahD-15
46NevadaD-13
47MissouriF5.5
48LouisianaF5
49North DakotaF1
50ColoradoF-2
51IllinoisF-3





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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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