When you hear someone talk about California’s “lemon law,” you probably think about defective vehicles. This is where the Lemon Law often applies, but the law may also apply to other consumer products. For example, the Lemon Law applies to electronics, household appliances, residential furniture, and other manufactured goods.
California Lemon Law Applies to Vehicles
The most common application of the Lemon Law is to new or used vehicles if they are still under the manufacturer’s warranty. California lemon laws apply to:
- Cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.
- Motorhome chassis, drivetrain and chassis cab
- Dealer-owned vehicles, including demonstrators
- Personal or household rental vehicle
- Most vehicles purchased or leased primarily for business purposes
The Lemon Law does not apply to vehicles, including off-road vehicles, that are not registered under the California Vehicle Code. Vehicles that have been abused are also exempt from the Lemon Law.
Lemon Law Checklist
If you are unsure whether your car or truck is subject to the California Lemon Law, consider the following checklist to determine if you are eligible for a replacement or refund.
- Did you take delivery of the vehicle within 18 months or within 18,000 miles (whichever comes first)?
- If a covered problem could result in death or serious injury, has the manufacturer or dealer been given at least two opportunities to repair it?
- If the covered defect is not life-threatening or extremely hazardous to safety, has the manufacturer or dealer attempted to fix the same problem more than four times?
- Have you ever been unable to use your vehicle for more than thirty (30) days after repairs due to a problem covered under warranty?
- Has the defect covered by the warranty significantly reduced the use, value, or safety of the vehicle (none of which were due to abuse or misuse of the vehicle)?
- Have you notified the manufacturer directly (preferably in writing) of the defect if required by the vehicle owner’s manual or warranty?
If you’ve met all of the criteria listed above, it’s time to see if you qualify for a vehicle replacement or purchase price refund. Even if you do not meet everything on the checklist above, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney to see if you qualify for a lawsuit against the dealer and/or manufacturer.
If you think your vehicle may be eligible for a Lemon Law lawsuit, contact the law offices of Alex Cha & Associates today. We are experienced in handling Lemon Law matters and can answer all of your questions. Make an Appointment Today