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US Lemon Law - Frequently Asked Questions

Consumer Lemon Law FAQs cover the most often-asked questions our community faces daily. We have compiled the top answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Lemon Law and your rights as a consumer.

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Lemon Law and California Lemon Law Frequently Asked Questions

The US Lemon Law is a set of laws that provide legal protection to consumers who have purchased or leased defective vehicles.

The Lemon Law protects consumers by making manufacturers repair, replace or refund defective vehicles under warranty at no cost to the vehicle owner after a reasonable number of repair attempts.

Yes, all states in the United States have a version of the Lemon Law. However, specific provisions and deadlines might vary from state to state.

A vehicle is typically considered a Lemon if it has substantial defects that significantly impair its use, value, or safety and these issues persist even after a resonable number of repair attempts under warranty new or used. 

The time limits for filing a Lemon Law claim vary by jurisdiction. It is important to check the specific deadlines in your state, as they may range from a few months to a few years from the date of purchase or within a certain mileage limit.

Yes, you can file a Lemon Law claim without a Lawyer but keep in mind that the vehicle manufacturer covers all legal fees so hiring a Lemon Lawyer without any out of pocket fees is doable.

If your new/used car has a manufacturer’s defect that after at least 3 attempts to fix by the dealership, it still has the same issue, then you have a Lemon. 

The manufacturer is required to buyback a defective vehicle if a new car is found to have significant defects that are covered under warranty and cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, or if the car is out of service for 30 days or more for repairs.

The duration of a Lemon Law case can vary widely based on several factors. Typically, these cases can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. The specific time frame depends on the complexity of the case, the responsiveness of the manufacturer, and the legal processes involved in the jurisdiction.

Lemon Laws primarily apply to new vehicles, but some states in the United States have extended these protections to include used vehicles as well. However, the coverage and conditions for used vehicles under Lemon Laws can vary significantly from state to state.

The California Lemon Law, formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, is a state law that provides protection to consumers who purchase or lease new or used vehicles. The law is designed to offer remedies if a vehicle fails to meet quality and performance standards within a certain time frame or mileage limit.

No specific number is mandated. Generally, if a problem has been subject to at least three separate repair attempts at the manufacturer’s authorized repair facility, or the vehicle has spent more than 30 cumulative days in the shop, this is considered a reasonable number of attempts.

No, the California Lemon Law applies not only to passenger cars but also to trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, and all consumer goods covered by a manufacturer’s warranty and used primarily for personal, family, or household use.

Yes, the California Lemon Law can apply to used vehicles if they are covered by a warranty.

The Lemon Law applies to defects that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Minor inconveniences typically do not qualify for a Lemon Law claim​.

If your vehicle is deemed a lemon, you may be entitled to a repurchase or replacement of the vehicle, reimbursement for certain expenses, and a deduction for mileage used before the first repair attempt.

No, you do not have to go through arbitration before starting a lemon law claim in California.

You can still make a lemon law claim if the used vehicle is covered under the original manufacturer’s warranty or a manufacturer-extended warranty, as in the case of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

The vehicle must have been purchased, registered, and repaired in California under the original factory warranty to qualify for the California Lemon Law. An exception exists for active duty military who purchased the vehicle in the U.S. from a manufacturer that also sells vehicles in California.

Lemon Law protection does not typically apply to vehicles sold “as-is” without a warranty. Extended service plans do not count as warranties under the California Lemon Law.

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