New ‘Lemon Laws’ for Qld buyers come into effect today

Queenslanders purchasing a motor vehicle will now be better protected, thanks to new ‘lemon laws’ that come into effect today.

The Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) can now deal with claims up to $100,000, quadrupled from the previous cap of $25,000.

While 30-Day or 1000km warranties have also been restored for buyers purchasing a vehicle more than 10 years old or with 160,000km or more on the odometre.


These new measures complement the statutory warranty, which provides a three months or 5000 km warranty for second-hand vehicles bought from a motor dealer that are no more than 10 years old and have travelled less than 160,000 km.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath says buyers will be better protecting when purchasing a motor vehicle – whether it be a car, motorbike, caravan or motor home.

“The ‘Lemon Laws’ mean buyers can purchase their vehicles with greater confidence and peace of mind.

“After buying a home, a motor vehicle is often the next biggest purchase a person will make in their life – we must make sure people are protected.

“These measures will build levels of trust in the industry and benefit the majority of motor dealers who are doing the right thing.

“When vehicles are faulty Queenslanders should get best practice in terms of refunds, replacements and repairs at no cost,” Ms D’Ath said.

“The Newman LNP Government scrapped the warranties for older vehicles, leaving buyers stranded when they purchased a defective vehicle.

“The Palaszczuk Government promised to fix this problem – we have delivered on that promise – and Queenslanders can now buy a second-hand vehicle with greater protection.”