How The California Lemon Law Works

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What is California
Lemon Law

The California lemon law was enacted to protect consumers from manufacturers or dealerships selling faulty vehicles and products. Also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the law allows Californians to seek compensation for money they lost buying the car and any other expense stemming from the lemon.

In most cases, the manufacturer must either buy back the defective vehicle or provide a replacement vehicle, at no expense to the owner. 

How Does Lemon Law Work in California?

Lemon law CA applies to new, used, or leased vehicles – as long as they are covered under the manufacturer or dealership warranty. To start the lemon law process, your vehicle must meet the state’s qualifications. These include:

  • The vehicle has a “defect” that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety; and
  • The manufacturer or dealership has attempted to repair the vehicle a minimum of two times with no success; or
  • The vehicle has been in the shop for 30 or more days for repairs – consecutively or not.
  • Finally, the defect was not the result of unauthorized use of the vehicle.

If your vehicle meets these qualifications, get in touch with a lemon law assistance attorney. Their office will guide you on how lemon law works and what the next steps are. Talk to our team to determine if your car qualifies as a lemon under California law.

What Vehicle Types Does Lemon Law CA Cover?

The lemon law in California covers the following vehicle types:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • SUVs
  • Vans
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorhomes
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Scooters

What am I entitled to?

California lemon law holds manufacturers to the terms of their warranties, which include:

  • Providing adequate repair facilities that are easily accessible to consumers.
  • Making repairs to defects in no more than 30 total days.
  • Only be given a certain number of repair attempts.

If your vehicle meets lemon law CA requirements, you are entitled to:

  • A full buyback (refund) for the purchase price paid for the vehicle – minus a mileage offset
  • Alternatively, you can request to receive a replacement vehicle or one of similar value.
  • All official costs associated with the vehicle (sales tax, registration, etc.)
  • Coverage for all incidental costs (towing fees, cab fares, hotel states, etc.)
  • All attorney fees and court costs.

Receive Free California Lemon Law attorney assistance

When you contact a California lemon law attorney from Cline APC, you won’t pay a thing.

The law states that the manufacturer is responsible for your legal fees, court costs, and other expenses when it repurchases or replaces your vehicle. We don’t charge upfront costs from your vehicle buyback – you’ll receive FREE lemon law assistance and an overview of how lemon law works.

Do you have questions about your vehicle’s qualifications or how does lemon law work in California

Contact one of our California lemon law lawyers today. Mr. Cline or one of his team members will happily assist.  

Call 888.982.6915 or email for your 100 percent free consultation.  

You can also fill out our case evaluation form online and we’ll reach out as soon as possible