Lemon Law and Military Members

by Aryn Plax

Feb 3, 2021

California was the first states to give specific protections to members of the United States Armed Services under its state lemon law. Typically, under the California Lemon Law, a vehicle has to be purchased and registered in California by a California resident. Vehicles bought in other states do not qualify for California Lemon Law protections, and neither do owners and lessees that reside somewhere outside of California.

However, members of the military are an exception. A member of the military may file a lemon law claim in California if they fit into one of the following categories:

1. They are currently stationed in California.

A member of the military may have bought or leased a vehicle outside of California, only to be stationed in California after the purchase.

In such a case, a member of the military can file a lemon law claim in California. However, the military member cannot simply be residing in California.

They have to be stationed here under orders.

2. They bought or leased a car in California.

A member of the military may have bought or leased a vehicle in California, only to be stationed elsewhere in the United States.

Six armed soldiers stand before the horizon, the sunlight behind them making them appear as shadows.

In such a case, a member of the military can file a lemon law claim in California. Additionally, the individual may not have to currently own the vehicle. All the California lemon law requires is that the individual bought or leased a vehicle from a licensed dealership in California, and that the individual took the vehicle in for a reasonable number of repairs for the particular defect.

If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces and you suspect you may have a lemon, fill out our form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.