How California Lemon Law Benefits Small Businesses

by Aryn Plax

Mar 17, 2021

For the most part, the California Lemon Law protects private owners and lessees of vehicles that they have for personal use. This could entail daily commutes to work, weekly errands, or simply taking a drive from time to time.

However, the California Lemon Law does not only protect owners and lessees of personal vehicles. The California Lemon Law offers specific provisions to owners of small businesses that find their work vehicles are lemons. As long as the vehicles meet a few key criteria, business owners can enjoy the same lemon law protections as owners of personal vehicles.

If you are a small business owner, you can file a lemon law case as long as you meet the following criteria.

1. The vehicles registered for the business must each be equal or less than 10,000 pounds.

In other words, the vehicles cannot weigh more than five tons.

This criterion goes exclusively by the curb weight, which refers to the weight of the vehicle without any occupants or baggage.

Look up the specifications of your vehicle released by your manufacturer to find out your vehicle’s curb weight.

2. The business registers no more than five vehicles in California.

California Lemon Law only protects vehicles bought and sold from licensed dealerships in California, barring certain exceptions for members of the military.

You can only file a lemon law claim for your business vehicle if your business has five or fewer vehicles registered in California.

If you have vehicles used primarily for your business and would like to learn more about your lemon law rights, fill out our form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.