California (CA) Lemon Law F.A.Q.
- Does the Lemon Law apply to used vehicles?Yes. The Lemon Law will apply to a used vehicle if the vehicle is covered by a warranty.
- Must I go through arbitration in order to pursue a Lemon Law claim in court?No. The Lemon Law does not require a consumer to utilize an arbitration program offered by the manufacturer in order to pursue a Lemon Law case in court.
- Do I need to notify the manufacturer and give it a chance to repair a problem prior to pursuing a Lemon Law claim in court?No. As long as the manufacturer’s authorized repair facility has had a reasonable number of opportunities to repair a warranty problem, the manufacturer need not be given a chance to repair the problem.
- Does the Lemon Law apply to vehicles that are older than 18 months?Yes. As long as the vehicle is having warranty problems, the Lemon Law may apply no matter how old the vehicle is. The Lemon Law may apply to a vehicle even if its warranty has expired so long as the vehicle is having problems complained about during the warranty period.
- Does the Lemon Law apply to vehicles that have more then 18,000 miles?Yes. As long as the vehicle is having warranty problems, the Lemon Law may apply no matter how many miles are on the vehicle.
- Is there any particular number of repair attempts that must be given in order to have a valid Lemon Law claim?No. There must be a reasonable number of repair attempts for a given problem. What constitutes a reasonable number of attempts varies given the particular problem. Generally, however, if a problem has been subject to at least four repair attempts, that is enough to establish a reasonable number.
- Does the Lemon Law apply to business use vehicles?Yes. Vehicles used primarily for business purposes are covered by the Lemon Law. The following restrictions apply – (1) no more than five vehicle’s may be registered in the business name; (2) the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight must not exceed 10,000 pounds.
- Does the Lemon Law only apply to motor vehicles?No. The Lemon Law applies to all consumer goods that are covered by a warranty and are used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. Therefore, the Lemon Law applies to: motorcycles, motor homes, jet skis, boats, musical instruments, appliances, televisions and all other consumer goods.
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