Does California’s Lemon Law Apply to All Vehicles?

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California’s lemon laws are designed to protect consumers from the economic losses and frustrations that accompany the purchase of a poorly designed or manufactured vehicle. Under California lemon law, consumers are entitled to a refund of the vehicle purchase price or to an equivalent vehicle exchange when first sold a lemon. However, while a protection all consumers enjoy, a successful lemon law claim may require the assistance of a qualified attorney.

Are Motorcycles Covered by California Lemon Law?

Motorcycles are covered by lemon law in California. If you purchase a new or used motorcycle that is still under a manufacturer's warranty, you are entitled to a refund or a new motorcycle if your bike meets lemon law criteria.

Are Trucks Covered by California Lemon Law?

As with passenger cars, vans, and SUVs, new and used trucks that are still under warranty are covered by California’s lemon laws. In order for a truck to qualify for a refund or replacement, the vehicle must meet the same criteria as all other lemons.

A Note on Used Vehicles

Lemon law applies to vehicles that are 18 months or newer, or with fewer than 18,000 miles. To qualify, a vehicle must have required repairs for the same issue more than once or have been in the shop for a combined total of 30+ days for the same problem. If you purchase a used vehicle that is still under the manufacturer's warranty and meets the additional requirements, you are entitled to a refund or an equivalent replacement vehicle under California lemon law. This does not mean receiving what you are due is going to be easy.

We Can Help

If you have purchased a new or used lemon, be it a car, truck, or motorcycle, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement. We can help. Call 310-536-1000 to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Redondo Beach, we serve all surrounding areas of Southern California.