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Hawaii’s lemon law covers new cars, trucks and vans, along with used vehicles that are still under the manufacturer’s warranty. The law also applies to leased and demonstrator vehicles. Motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, and vehicles that exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight are exempt from coverage.

In order to qualify as a “lemon” under Hawaii law, a vehicle must meet all of the following conditions:

Eligibility: 3 unsuccessful repair attempts, or 1 unsuccessful repair attempt of defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, or 30 business days out of service within shorter of two years or 24,000 miles.

Resolution Attempt: Written notice + opportunity to repair to manufacturer. State-run arbitration mechanism available. Hawaii Lemon Law specifically applies to leased vehicles.

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