California Lemon Law

What Does the California Lemon Law Cover?

The California Lemon Law protects consumers when their vehicle is defective and cannot be fixed after a "reasonable" number of attempts. The law covers:

  • Most new vehicles under a manufacturer's warranty.
  • Used vehicles still under a manufacturer's warranty (any remaining warranty time protects the new owner.)

When Does Your Vehicle Qualify as a Lemon?

If a vehicle has a problem covered by the warranty, affecting its use, value, or safety, and it persists after a "reasonable" number of repair attempts, the manufacturer may need to buy back or replace the vehicle.

The definition of a "reasonable" number of attempts depends on factors, but there's a presumption that the vehicle is a lemon if certain conditions are met, such as repeated unsuccessful repairs within a specified time or mileage.

But don’t worry, we will assess all of this for you to ensure you have a strong case.

Your Rights and Options

If a vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer must promptly repurchase or replace it.

  • Consumers have the right to choose a refund instead of a replacement.
  • Lemon vehicles bought back by dealers and resold must be labeled as a "lemon law buyback," and they should have a "lemon" sticker.
  • If proper disclosure is not made when selling such vehicles "as is," buyers may still have rights under the Lemon Law.
  • Please contact us for more details.

Special Protection for Armed Forces Members

Full-time active-duty members of the Armed Forces stationed or residing in California at the time of purchase or lease are protected by the Lemon Law even if their vehicles were purchased or registered outside of California.

Our Commitment: No Cost to You

Our services always come at no cost to the consumer, even the case evaluation. There are no hidden fees; all expenses are directly covered by the manufacturer.

California Lemon Law Action Plan

If you think you have a lemon in California, take these steps to protect yourself.

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Cease Dealer or Manufacturer Communication

Pease contact me and discontinue all communication with the dealer or manufacturer.

Service Suspension

Refrain from scheduling any service for your vehicle, including routine maintenance such as an oil change.

Thorough Documentation

Gather all pertinent documents, including warranty details, repair orders, inspection reports, and repair attempts.

Demand Letter Initiation

  • I will immediately prepare a Demand Letter to the manufacturer, officially notifying them that your vehicle satisfies the criteria for repurchase, replacement, or repair.
  • Anticipate a response from the manufacturer or dealer within 30 days.
  • The resolution process may span 30 to 60 days.
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Resolution Options

Refund Entitlement

If you qualify for a refund for your defective vehicle, your refund encompasses, but is not limited to:

  • Down payment and monthly payments
  • Cost of options/accessories added by the manufacturer
  • Manufacturer service contracts, including extended warranty coverage
  • Sales tax, finance charges, license, and first-year registration fee
  • Additional expenses related to the malfunction or defect of the vehicle, including towing fees, rental car fees, etc.
  • All legal fees

For Leased Vehicles

If your vehicle is leased, you may receive a full refund for leasing fees, and any remaining lease payments will be settled in full. The California Lemon Law specifies that your lease agreement concludes upon returning the defective vehicle, and you cannot incur penalty fees for early lease termination.

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Replacement Option

Under the lemon law, the manufacturer might propose to replace or "buy back" your vehicle. You have the choice to decline the offer and opt for a refund instead. If you opt for a replacement, it must:

  • Be substantially identical to your defective vehicle at the time of lease/purchase
  • Fall under the same service contract
  • Include the factory and dealer options that came with the original vehicle