Lemon Law Protocols For New Cars

Guidelines for New Car Lemons

A “new motor vehicle” includes motorcycles, motorhomes and used vehicles. A portion of the lemon law known as the Tanner Consumer Protection Act provides enhanced remedies for “new vehicles”. A “new motor vehicle” means a new motor vehicle that is bought or used primarily for personal family or household purposes.

“New motor vehicle also means a new motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds that is bought or used primarily for business purposes by a person including a partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association or any other legal entity to which not more than five motor vehicles are registered in this state.

“New motor vehicle” includes the chassis, chassis cab and that portion of a motor home devoted to its propulsion, but does not include any portion designed, used or maintained primarily for human habitation, a dealer-owned vehicle and a “demonstrator” or other motor vehicle sold with a manufacturer’s new car warranty and includes a motorcycle which is registered for use on the highways and streets. A demonstrator is a vehicle assigned by a dealer for the purpose of demonstrating qualities and characteristics common to vehicles of the same or similar model and type.

California Lemon Law Concerning New “Used” Vehicles

A used vehicle is considered a “new motor vehicle” for purposes of California Lemon Law if it is still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or if the consumer can establish that the vehicle had problems during the original warranty period.

If you have purchased a new vehicle that is a lemon in the state of California, give us a call toll-free at 877-955-3666 or fill out our Contact Form and schedule a free consultation. The only thing you have to lose is your lemon.

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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.