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The Lemon Law’s Requirements in a Nutshell

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. Regarding 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?

Below is a list of some of the most common questions about California’s lemon law.

If you think that you might own a lemon, call the Vachon Law Firm now at (858) 674-4100 to find out more about the California lemon law rules. Consultations are always free.