The California Lemon Law and Motor Vehicle Warranties- FAQ’s

When you purchase a new car from an auto dealer, chances are good that there will be some kind of warranty included along with the vehicle. Following are some frequently asked questions about motor vehicle warranties as pertains to their relation to the California Lemon Law.

  • Q. Is the California Lemon Law known by any other name?

  • A. Yes. The California Lemon Law is also referred to as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. It’s the part of California Civil Code labeled as Section 1790 thru 1790.4
  • Q. Will the Lemon Law cover the vehicle I leased for 90 days?

  • A. No. To be covered under the Lemon Law, a vehicle lease must be for longer than four months.
  • Q. When a manufacturer issues a refund for my vehicle under a Lemon Law buyback, will it include sales tax and the registration fee?

  • A. Yes. A Lemon Law buyback refund should include any sales tax, registration fee and license fees paid for the vehicle.
  • Q. Will a Lemon Law buyback refund include out of pocket expenses incurred due to the defective nature of the vehicle?

  • A. Yes. The seller or manufacturer of the Lemon Car must include payment for any reasonable Incidental Damages such as repairs, towing services, and even rental car fees.
  • Q. Can the Attorney General’s office represent my interests in case of a Lemon Car warranty trial?

  • A. No. The Attorney General’s office will not assist individual private citizens in a Lemon Car dispute.
  • Q. How long do I have after the discovery of a defect in my vehicle to file a Lemon Lawsuit?

  • A. The legal time limit to file a Lemon Law suit is four years after the discovery of a defect. But don’t wait, file your case immediately.
  • Q. How much should I expect to pay a Lemon Law attorney to determine if I have a Lemon Car case?

  • A. Many Lemon Law attorneys offer a free case evaluation.
  • Q. I bought my used car ‘as is’ from a private party. Will it qualify for a Lemon Car refund?

  • A. The Lemon Car law does not apply to cars that are sold ‘as is.’ Though you may still qualify for redress under other existent statues.

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