FAQs About California's Lemon Law

Are you having trouble with your new car? Have you brought it back to the dealership on several occasions, only for the problem not to be corrected? If your answer is “yes,” then you may have legal recourse thanks to California’s “Lemon Law.” In order to familiarize yourself with the Lemon Law and how it may help you, we encourage you to read our list of frequently asked questions provided below.

What vehicles does California’s Lemon Law apply to?

Under California’s Lemon Law, the following vehicles are covered: cars, trucks (pickups), SUVs, and vans.

Does the Lemon Law only apply to purchased vehicles?

No, California’s Lemon Law also applies to vehicles that are leased for personal or family purposes, as well as many vehicles that are leased for business use. So, the Lemon Law generally applies to purchased and leased vehicles.

What will happen if my vehicle cannot be fixed?

Suppose you took your vehicle to the dealer on several occasions and no matter what they did, the problem continued. If the dealer or manufacturer are unable to fix a warranty defect after making a “reasonable number of attempts,” then they manufacturer will be required to replace your vehicle, or refund the purchase price – it’s up to you.

What counts as a reasonable number of attempts?

While there isn’t a set number of repair attempts, California’s Lemon Law Presumption does have guidelines to determine a “reasonable” number of attempts, which says the dealer or manufacturer have not been able to fix the problem after four or more attempts.

However, if the problem could cause serious bodily injury or death if the vehicle is driven, then it’s just two attempts. Lastly, if your vehicle has been in the shop for 30 or more days (doesn’t have to be in a row) to repair the warranty defect, then it would be covered under California’s Lemon Law Presumption.

I bought a used vehicle without a warranty, am I protected by the Lemon Law?

Unfortunately, you would not be protected by California’s Lemon Law. The Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Why Norman Taylor & Associates?

At Norman Taylor & Associates, Attorney Taylor wrote the book, Lemon Law – The Standard Reference Guide. His book explains your rights under the California Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and offers comprehensive advice on resolving problems with defective vehicles. If you have a problematic vehicle, we are the firm to trust with your Lemon Law case!

Looking for a California Lemon Law Attorney? Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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