My car has problems. Can the Lemon Law help me?
California Lemon Law applies to new and used vehicles purchased with
the original factory warranty still in effect.
Q. Does the Law cover just cars?
It covers pickups, RV's, boats and motorcycles, as long as the vehicle
was purchased primarily for personal, family or household use. In fact,
most consumer goods are covered, including appliances, electronic products,
even pianos. This web site is limited to vehicles, however.
What if I leased my car?
Leased vehicles are covered as well.
If my car proves to be a lemon, what do I get?
You are entitled to your money back, or a replacement vehicle, and certain
other expenses. The choice is yours, although taking the cash is usually
faster and easier.
How do I know if my car qualifies?
states that if the problem you are having substantially affects the
use, safety or value of the vehicle, and the manufacturer hasn't been
able to repair it after a reasonable number of attempts, you qualify.
In most cases you will need an experienced attorney to review your repair
history to determine the likelihood of success.
My dealer tells me my car doesn't qualify because I didn't have four
repairs in the first year. Is that right?
No. That's not right. The law gives you an advantage if you have four
repairs for the same problem in the first 18 months or 18,000 miles
(or 30 days of total repair time). But, it's just an advantage for you,
it's not a requirement. Your dealer should know this.
I bought my vehicle for business. Am I out of luck?
No. There is a federal warranty law similar to California's Lemon Law
that covers business vehicles. The California Lemon Law covers small
business use as well on vehicles up to 10,000 pounds GVWR.
How can I get an appointment to discuss my case?
office at (707) 545-6370. We are located in Santa Rosa, California.
If you are not in this area, contact the Center
for Auto Safety in Washington D.C.. They can refer you
to a lawyer in your area.
Helpful Sites for Consumers:
New product information: www.ConsumerReports.org
Automobile defects: www.nhtsa.gov
Used car values: www.kbb.com
information contained in this web site is of a general nature and pertains
only to vehicles purchased in California. You are advised not to rely
on this information for legal advice, but to seek specific advice regarding
your particular circumstances from an attorney.