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Minnesota Car Laws

Table of Contents

The following is a table of contents for the Minnesota Car Laws Handbook. You may click on the headers for more information on that topic.

Are you having trouble with a new car you just bought? Is your “new” used car making strange noises? Have you had trouble with a repair shop?

This brochure is designed to guide you through Minnesota’s lemon law, used car warranty law, and Truth in Repairs Act. Buckle your seat belt, this is going to be a quick ride through “Car Law 101.”

Minnesota's Lemon Law

  • Which Motor Vehicles Are Covered?
  • The Manufacturer's Duty to Repair
  • The Manufacturer's Duty to Refund or Replace
  • When Refunds or Replacements Are Not Given
  • Refund and Replacement Eligibility Requirements
  • If You Are Awarded a Refund
  • Arbitration
  • Using the Lemon Law in Arbitration or Court
  • Automobile Arbitration Program Telephone Numbers
  • There Is No Three-Day Right to Cancel

Used Car Warranty Law

  • "As Is" or Warranty
  • The Basic Used Car Warranties
  • Who Provides a Used Car Warranty?
  • "Unlicensed" Dealers
  • Exclusions
  • The "Buyers Guide"
  • The Dealer's Duty Under the Warranty
  • Refunds
  • Ordinary Maintenance
  • Limits on the Warranty
  • Bringing a Lawsuit
  • Know the Difference Between Service Contracts and the Used Car Warranty Law

Truth In Repairs

  • Your Rights When Your Car is Repaired
  • Resolving Repair Disputes
  • Salvaged Cars

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Car Handbook

So you want wheels. And you want the best deals on wheels. You’ve come to the right place. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has compiled the latest research and tips on buying cars, with crucial information concerning your legal rights as a consumer.

Used Car Shopping

Consumers buying a used car need to be diligent about making sure they're getting their money's worth. Used cars may come with a history of accidents, repairs, rattles, dents, and dings. The Attorney General's Office encourages consumers to consider the following information when purchasing a used car.

Online Car Sales

Although it may be an effective tool in locating potential buyers and sellers, the internet can also be a haven for fraudulent actors looking to make easy money at the expense of others. A current car scam illustrates the point.


This brochure is intended to be used as a source for general information and is not provided as legal advice.

Minnesota’s Car Laws is written and published by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. This handbook is available in alternate formats upon request.

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.