FAQ: Your California Lemon Law Rights

by Aryn Plax

Dec 3, 2019

Many California vehicle owners report problems that affect their cars’ use, safety or value. Time and time again, they are forced to take their cars in for costly repairs. These issues may not be due to overuse or poor maintenance. Many of the biggest car manufacturers fail to deliver vehicles that meet safety and quality standards set by California consumer protection laws. These cars are known as lemons.

What Is A Lemon?

A car, truck or another kind of vehicle may be a lemon if it experiences issues that make it unreliable or unsafe and if it has had to be taken into the dealership for repairs at least once. Lemon owners are protected by the California Lemon Law. Examples of these issues include:

  • Fluid Leaks
  • Check Engine Light Turns On
  • Vehicle Stalls While Driving
  • Vehicle Cannot Accelerate

What Is The California Lemon Law?

The California Lemon Law is designed to protect car owners who have purchased or leased a vehicle with serious problems that cannot be repaired under warranty after a reasonable number of attempts.

Under this law, car manufacturers are required to provide at least one of the following remedies to lemon owners:

  • Large Cash Settlement
  • Reimbursement for Vehicle Costs
  • Cash Buyback of Your Vehicle

How Much Does It Cost To File A California Lemon Law Claim?

The auto manufacturer is required to pay consumers’ attorneys’ fees and costs.

For more information and answers to other Lemon Law questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Originally by Paula Quiroz