The California Lemon Law’s Rules


Although the California lemon law’s rules apply to products other than cars and trucks, the lemon law is best known for the requirements it imposes on motor vehicle warranties.  With regard to automobiles, the California lemon law rules are essentially the following:

  1. The California lemon law applies only to vehicles covered under warranty. Moreover, term “warranty” in the lemon law statute means only the manufacturer’s warranty, and does not include so-called “extended warranties” that consumers often purchase from dealerships when they buy their vehicles.
  2. For vehicles that are under warranty, manufacturers are obligated to fix any defects that “substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle” within a “reasonable number of attempts.”
  3. Any single repair attempt cannot take longer than 30 days, unless the buyer agrees in writing to permit a longer period or in cases in which the delay is caused by conditions beyond the manufacturer’s control.
  4. If the manufacturer is unable to fix the problem within a reasonable number of attempts, then it must “promptly” either repurchase the vehicle or replace it with a new one.

Have More Questions About the California Lemon Law’s Requirements?

If you think that you may own a “lemon” vehicle, and want to find out more about the California lemon law’s requirements for new and used vehicles, then call us to discuss your potential legal claims.

The Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. will answer all of your questions about whether your vehicle qualifies as a “lemon” under the California lemon law. Call us toll free at 1-855-4-LEMON-LAW (1-855-463-6665) to find out how much money you may be entitled to. Consultations are always FREE!!

Looking for Specific Information About the California Lemon Law’s Rules?

If you want to further research your legal rights, the links below provide specific CA lemon law rules that will answer your questions:

Regardless of whether you live in San Francisco or Hollywood, San Diego or Riverside, the California lemon law applies throughout this State, and is one of the most powerful consumer-protection statutes ever enacted by the Sacramento Legistlature.

If you think that you might own a lemon, call the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. right now at (858) 674-4100 to find out more about the California lemon law rules. Consultations are always FREE!!



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