The California lemon law provides protection for consumers of defective vehicles sold or leased in California by making sellers and manufacturers responsible for their warranties. A vehicle is considered a "lemon" if the manufacturer or dealer has had four or more attempts to repair the defect or two attempts if the defect is life threatening.
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The California lemon law provides a solution for California consumers who have repeated problems with their vehicle. It applies to all new and many used vehicles, whether purchased or leased, for personal and most small business use. The lemon law also applies to RVs, boats, motorcycles, motorhomes, trailers, 5th wheels, and campers.
Used vehicles are covered if the vehicle was purchased while the manufacturer's original new car warranty was still in effect. So if you were to buy a used vehicle at a dealership, and some of the remaining original manufacturer's warranty was still left at the time of sale, the vehicle may qualify if the repairs were made under that remaining warranty.
Vehicles must have been purchased in California, and from a licensed car dealership.
A consumer must allow the manufacturer a reasonable number of repair attempts. A reasonable number is often interpreted as three, four or more repair attempts for the same or similar problem; or only two times if the problem is so severe that it is likely to cause serious bodily injury or death; or if the vehicle has been out of service, in the hands of an authorized dealer, for more than 30 days for any substantial problem. The thirty days do not have to run consecutively.
The problem(s) with the vehicle must be considered a substantial impairment of the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Simple issues, while annoying, may not be enough to fulfill this requirement.
The repairs made to the vehicle must begin while under the original manufacturer's warranty, not under an extended warranty. So if the vehicle is outside of the original warranty at the time of the first repair the vehicle will not qualify.
The repairs made to the vehicle must be made by a dealership authorized by the manufacturer to make repairs on your vehicle.
If your vehicle was purchased or leased in California, you have legal protection under the California Lemon Law. These include: