California Lemon Law Statutes

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The California Lemon Law Attorneys of Lemon Law Associates of California specialize in helping consumers recover costly expenses or damages associated with their California lemon vehicles.

Under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (Civil Code Section 1790 et seq.) a “Lemon” condition exists when a defect or “nonconformity” “substantially impairs” the use, value and/or safety of the vehicle.

Under this Act, a “vehicle can include a motorcycle if street legal, the chassis, chassis cab of an RV or that portion of the motor home devoted to its propulsion. If the manufacturer is given enough repair attempts (based on the type of problem and the circumstances unique to that case) and the vehicle cannot be repaired to conform to the express manufacturers’ warranty, then the consumer may be eligible for a full buy back (repurchase) or replacement of the lemon vehicle.

The Act also provides a replacement remedy for other consumer goods such as boats, travel trailers, or 5th wheels.

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Under the Tanner Consumer Protection Act (an enhancement to the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act), a vehicle is presumed a “lemon” if the following occurs:*

  • 1. You purchased or leased a new or used vehicle, and;
  • 2. During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles you brought the vehicle to a dealer for repair of the same or similar problem related to safety, value, or use;
    • four or more times; or
    • two or more times for a problem that is likely to cause death or serious injury; or
    • it was out of service for a total of more than 30 days.

*You do not have to meet the “presumption” for a vehicle to be considered a “lemon” under California law. Vehicles with higher mileage, or older than 18 months, can also qualify for a buy back or replacement. Even if the vehicle is now out of warranty, a vehicle may qualify for lemon law remedies if defects or nonconformities can be established during the warranty period.

The bottom line is that there is no hard and fast rule to determine if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon. A number of factors apply. Call us today at 877-955-3666, or fill out our Contact Form to see if you have a lemon on your hands. There is no out of pocket cost or fees charged to our clients. We would love to hear from you.

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Out of State Lemons: Lemon Law Associates of California is a California Lemon Law firm. We may still able to represent you if your vehicle was purchased or leased in a state other than California. Please contact us and let us know about your particular case. There are many Federal Warranty laws which may apply. (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act).

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Lemon Law Associates Of California represents consumers who have California consumer vehicle claims regarding lemon law and auto fraud.

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Lemon Law Articles

Click below where you can find articles that can provide solutions to many of the questions you might have regarding California Lemon Law or if you might have a legitimate lemon law claim.

California Lemon Law FAQs


Q. My car is out of warranty now. Can I
still have a lemon law claim?

Ans: Yes. If you can establish the defect or nonconformity occurred during the original manufacturer’s warranty period your claim may still be valid.