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Lemon laws don’t only cover new California cars

California residents tend to have a narrow view of their legal protections against poor vehicles. Many believe that new cars are the only eligible vehicles for compensation or buyback, but fortunately this isn’t the case.

This misconception could be holding residents back from finally owning a well-functioning machine. If you have a motorized product that doesn’t work as advertised, you may be able to take advantage of these laws to avoid wasting your money – even if the vehicle is something other than a new car.

Other types of vehicles may be lemons

Cars, vans and pickups are only part of what lemon law encompasses. In fact, this area of law extends to other types of motor vehicles, including:

  • ATVs
  • Boats
  • Jet skis
  • RVs and motor homes
  • Motorcycles
  • Large trucks

If the product has a large motor and a warranty, there’s a good chance it fits within this category of consumer protection.

The vehicle doesn’t have to be California-made

Although these laws specifically apply to the state of California, they don’t only cover vehicles manufactured locally. Instead, these laws cover certain vehicles from any state or country – as long as the eligible vehicle sale or lease agreement took place within state lines.

California lemon laws cannot help a resident who purchased their RV in Nevada, for example. Because California courts don’t have the power to control Nevada’s economy, that resident would need to research Nevada’s lemon laws to figure out whether their RV is a lemon.

Determining whether your vehicle is a lemon can be confusing. If you aren’t sure whether you can make a lemon claim, bring information about the vehicle’s sale, warranty and repairs to an experienced attorney. The eligibility requirements and options for payment may surprise you.

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