How the Lemon Law Affects California Motorists

Serving Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino Counties & Nearby Areas of California

The California lemon law, also known as The Tanner Consumer Protection Act of California, was designed to protect the rights of consumers who have vehicles with serious problems that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts. The lemon law covers passenger vehicles; the chassis, chassis cab, and propulsion system of a new motor home; and used vehicles that are still under manufacturer warranty.

Vehicles that have serious problems that affect the use, value, or safety of the car, such as brakes that don’t work properly, may qualify for relief under the California lemon law. However, minor issues such as an occasional squeak or unauthorized alterations made to the vehicle are not covered under the law. Although the basic principle is that a vehicle can qualify as a lemon if it has not been successfully repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, it is presumed the vehicle is a lemon if it has been out of commission for a cumulative 30 days four times for the same problem or has been into the repair shop for a safety defect twice without success and within eighteen months of the purchase date or 18,000 miles.

If your car is identified as a lemon vehicle in California, the manufacturer has to replace the vehicle with a comparable one or refund your money, minus a reasonable charge for use of the vehicle prior to the first repair.

If you have questions regarding your rights and whether you have a lemon vehicle, contact experienced California lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver. He can help you understand your options and ensure that your rights are protected. For a free consultation, call The Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (855) 341-2611.


Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015