California Lemon Law and Leased Vehicles

by Aryn Plax

Jan 14, 2021

A prominent myth about the California Lemon Law is that our state’s lemon law only protects those who purchased new vehicles from a licensed dealership. This isn’t true! While the California Lemon Law only protects you if you acquired your vehicle from a licensed dealership, you are protected whether you bought it or leased it.

What matters is that the vehicle be registered in your name, that you got it from a licensed dealership and that you took it to a licensed dealership for repairs when you first detected a defect.

It’s important to understand how certain terms are defined under the California Lemon Law. Here are the key terms:

– Lessee: individual who leases consumer goods under a lease. In this case, the lessee is the person leasing a vehicle.

– Lessor: a person who regularly leases consumer goods under a lease. In this case, the lessor is the licensed dealership.

– Lease: any contract for the lease or bailment for the use of consumer goods by an individual, for a term exceeding four months, primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, whether or not it is agreed that the lessee bears the risk of the consumer goods’ depreciation.

Photo description: The back of a car.

The key item to note is that your lease has to have lasted longer than four months in order for you to qualify for protection under the California Lemon Law.

If you have questions regarding leased vehicles and your rights under California Lemon Law, fill out our form or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.

Source: Civil Code, Section 1791

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