The California Lemon Law: 4 Signs You Have a Lemon

by Aryn Plax

Dec 3, 2019

Anyone who purchased or leased their vehicle from a California dealership – whether new or used – should look out for these four tell-tale signs that their vehicle is a lemon:

1. Too Many Serious Repairs

Not every single problem means a vehicle is a lemon. However, when your vehicle keeps breaking down – due to either the same problem or many unrelated problems – and you’ve had to take it to the dealership for several repairs, there is a high likelihood that your vehicle may be a lemon.

Be on the lookout for problems that affect the use, value or safety of your vehicle.

2. Long Visits to the Dealership

If your vehicle has been in the dealership for repair(s) for more than 30 cumulative days, it is presumed to be a lemon under the California Lemon Law.

3. Problems Persist

Problems that cannot be repaired, despite several attempts to repair them, can be a big sign that your vehicle is a lemon.

4. Widespread Problems

Everyone with the same vehicle as you seems to be having the same problems.  This may be an indicator of a widespread problem for a certain model. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for any recalls or investigations that show your problems to be a result of inherent faults.

Originally by Paula Quiroz