Have you recently purchased a vehicle only to find that it has defects? You may have a lemon. But how do you know? And where do you go for answers? At SM Law, we are here for you! Take a look at these frequently asked questions about California’s Lemon Law. Then, give us a call to find out how we can help you.


FAQs about Lemon Law


What is the Lemon Law?

The California Lemon Law is a law that requires auto manufacturers to repair, replace, or refund the cost of the vehicle if they are unable to fix it in accordance with the manufacturer’s warranty. If the manufacturer cannot repair the defect in a reasonable number of attempts, they must replace it or issue a refund.  


Does the Lemon Law Cover Used Vehicles?

Yes, the California Lemon Law covers new and used vehicles sold with a manufacturer’s warranty.


How Long Does the Lemon Law Cover the Vehicle?

The Lemon Law covers the vehicle throughout the duration of the manufacturer’s original warranty.


How Many Repair Attempts is “Reasonable”?

What the law considers “reasonable” depends on all of the circumstances of the vehicle and defect. However, in all Lemon Law cases, at least two repair attempts must be made.


What if the Manufacturer Won’t Refund or Replace?

Suppose the manufacturer has made at least two repair attempts, and you have given them the opportunity to correct the defect, but the vehicle is still defective. In that case, your next step will be taking the matter to arbitration. Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that allows two parties to reach a resolution agreement.


Is Arbitration One-Sided?

Not necessarily. Manufacturers in California are often required to use a state-certified arbitration program. That means the arbitration program must meet specific standards. This helps ensure a fair, just, and timely resolution.


Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Lemon Law Case?

Yes! Working with a skilled California Lemon Law lawyer can help ensure that your legal rights are protected. At SM Law, our lawyer can help you make sure that your vehicle’s manufacturer is adhering to the law. If not, we can help you work toward a replacement or refund of your money.