Lemon Law Overview

Q: Is the California lemon law a real law?

A: Yes. The California lemon law is the nickname of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. The law can be found in section 1790 of the California Civil Code.

Q: Is there a federal lemon law?

A: Yes. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enacted in 1975, is the federal law that protects consumer product warranties. Other states also have enacted their own protections. So even if you bought or leased your car in another state, we may be able to help you.

The Basics:

Q: Who does the law protect?

A: Typically, lemon laws protect anyone who purchased or leased a new or used vehicle from a dealer in the state, while the manufacturer's original warranty is still in effect. However, California's lemon law, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, also protects those who have already sold their cars and allows you to file a claim for up to four years after the manufacturer's warranty has expired.

Q: Does the law take the place of the manufacturer's warranty?

A: No. Both the federal and California laws apply when the manufacturer cannot conform the new or used car to its warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts. What is deemed reasonable depends on the situation, but could be as few as two repair attempts, at least one of which must occur during the warranty period. Additionally, your warranty stays intact during the course of your lemon lawsuit and all repairs that would normally be covered under the warranty will still be covered until the warranty expires.

You Have Nothing To Lose:

Q: Can I afford to hire an attorney if my car is a "lemon?"

A: Yes. Both the federal and California laws require the manufacturer to pay all legal fees, so there is no cost to you if you win. When you come to our law firm, you won't incur fees even if you lose your claim.

The Nitty Gritty:

Although California's lemon law provides some of the strongest protections to car consumers in the nation, it also has strict eligibility requirements. In subsequent pages, we discuss these specifics in depth. Don't jeopardize your case by trying to go up against a car manufacturer on your own.

Talk To Our Lawyers Today

At Johnson & Buxton — The Lemon Law Guys, we focus our practice on California lemon law claims. When you schedule a free consultation with us, we will evaluate your case and provide our recommendation. To learn more about how we can help you, call 800-349-3319 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

From our law office in Ventura, we handle cases in the Los Angeles area and throughout California.