California Lemon Laws

California's Lemon Law offers broad protections to auto consumers. We've outlined some of these below:

Favorable To Consumers

You may be eligible if the manufacturer is unable to remedy a defect after as few as two attempts. At least one of the attempts must occur during the warranty period.

Consumer Remedies:

If you prevail in your lemon law claim, the manufacturer can make restitution in several ways. In cases of misconduct, the manufacturer may even be ordered to pay you a civil penalty, which might be as much as three times the price you paid for the car. Options include:

  • Buyback

  • Cash offer

  • Vehicle replacement

What Types Of Vehicles Are Covered:

Q: Does the law apply to motor vehicles other than cars?

A: Yes. The law applies to all consumer products, including trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, motor homes, RVs, trailers, boats and watercraft.

Q: Does the law apply only to vehicles used for personal purposes?

A: No. Vehicles used for business purposes with a gross weight below 10,000 pounds may also qualify if there are five or fewer vehicles registered to the same person or business.

Q: What happens if the warranty runs out?

A: If the defect or recurring problem occurred while the warranty was still in effect, you may still have a claim. In fact, you can file a lemon law case up to four years after the warranty expires by mileage or years. You do not even have to own the car anymore to bring your claim.

Contact An Experienced Lemon Law Attorney

Find out how to maximize your claim today. Contact our lawyers today by calling 800-349-3319 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. From our law office in Ventura, we handle cases in the Los Angeles area and throughout California.