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Under California’s Lemon Law, consumers who purchase a lemon are entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle, or cash compensation. Krohn & Moss has helped nearly 10,000 Californians exercise their rights and collect appropriate compensation after purchasing a lemon. Contact us today for a free case review so we can fight for you, too.

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California Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How do I contact Krohn & Moss Consumer Law Center?

You can contact our California office at 866-388-8290 or 323-988-2400 for a free consultation or you...

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You can contact our California office at 866-388-8290 or 323-988-2400 for a free consultation or you may contact us online for a free case review.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How Long Does It Generally Take To Get Compensated?

The length of time to reach a settlement in a California Lemon Law case depends on many factors. The...

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The length of time to reach a settlement in a California Lemon Law case depends on many factors. The nature of the defect(s) plays a large role, as does the need to file a lawsuit or the lack thereof.

Most cases will settle prior to a trial. But the length of time to get to trial varies between counties and even between judges. However long it takes, you control whether your Lemon Law case will settle. We can recommend taking a settlement, but the decision is yours and yours alone.

We strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation for our clients as quickly as possible. And we have extensive experience working with every automobile manufacturer and its attorneys. This experience allows us to resolve California Lemon Law cases swiftly, often without the need to file a lawsuit.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What Documents Do I Need To See If I Have A Valid Lemon Law Claim?

Your repair records are the most important documents needed to determine if you have a Lemon Law cla...

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Your repair records are the most important documents needed to determine if you have a Lemon Law claim. When you take your vehicle to the dealership for repair, always ask the dealership for a receipt, called a “repair order.” Read the repair order before leaving the dealership to ensure its accuracy.

Sometimes, dealerships omit details of concerns you raised. If this happens, ask the dealership to revise the repair order to note your concerns. It should also include the dates that you dropped off and picked up the vehicle. These repair orders are the most important pieces of evidence when proving that your vehicle is a “lemon.”

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Do I Have To Pay Anything To Have Your Firm Represent Me?

The California Lemon Law contains a fee-shifting provision for the payment of attorneys’ fees and co...

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The California Lemon Law contains a fee-shifting provision for the payment of attorneys’ fees and costs by the manufacturer. As a result, you, the consumer, never pay anything for representation in a Lemon Law case against the automobile manufacturer.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer To Get The Manufacturer To Repurchase Or Replace My Vehicle?

No, you may file a claim directly against the automobile manufacturer without help from a California...

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No, you may file a claim directly against the automobile manufacturer without help from a California Lemon Law attorney. However, we’re often able to secure settlements that are far more beneficial to our clients than the ones they might collect on their own. Retaining our counsel cost you nothing, means less work for you, and greatly increases your chances of success.

Since 1995, the lemon law lawyers at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® have helped over 45,000 consumers settle their Lemon Law disputes with automobile manufacturers. We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. So no, you don’t need to hire a lawyer for your Lemon Law case, but there are literally no advantages and numerous disadvantages to filing on your own.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How long do I have to file a lawsuit under the Lemon law?

You have four years from the date of the breach of warranty to file a lawsuit under the Song-Beverly...

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You have four years from the date of the breach of warranty to file a lawsuit under the Song-Beverly Act (California Lemon Law). Every case is different, but the courts often rule that the four-year period begins on the date of the second failed repair attempt.

What Does the Lemon Law in California Cover?

California has one of the most consumer-friendly lemon laws in the country. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (California’s Lemon Law) covers a variety of vehicle types, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and RVs. It also covers a number of other consumer goods, like appliances, computers, and TVs.

Protected Vehicles

Vehicles protected under this law must:


  • be covered by the manufacturer warranty at the time of the first repair attempt.

  • be leased or purchased in a retail transaction within California (exceptions available for active members of the military).

  • be a passenger vehicle, the gross weight of which is less than 10,000 lbs

  • NOT belong to a business or individual with MORE than 5 vehicles registered in CA

It’s important to note that the manufacturer’s warranty is transferable, meaning that it can cover both new and used vehicles. The duration of the warranty differs from one vehicle to the next. Most offer complete coverage for at least 3 years or 36K miles plus additional powertrain and corrosion coverage. Other vehicles come with warranties that provide coverage for 5 or even 10 years.

Protected Defects

California’s Lemon Law also includes guidelines about the kinds of vehicle defects that it protects consumers against:


  • The manufacturer’s warranty must cover the defect.

  • The defect needs to “substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety.”

  • And the defect must persist after a “reasonable number of repair attempts” by the dealer.

Repair attempts include any time you’ve brought the vehicle to the dealer for the defect, even if the dealer forgets to address the issue. What qualifies as a “reasonable number of repair attempts” under the California Lemon Law differs from case to case. Typically, the dealer must have at least two attempts to repair a defect before the vehicle can be classified as a lemon.

What Is ‘The California Lemon Law Presumption’?

California law includes a legal presumption that a motor vehicle is a lemon if it meets any one of the following three conditions within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of ownership:

  • The vehicle is brought to the dealership four times (or more) because of a single defect.
  • The vehicle is brought to the dealer twice (or more) because of the same significant safety defect.
  • The vehicle is out of service for more than 30 days (total) because of a defect(s).

If even one of these sets of facts applies to your vehicle, the court will assume that it’s a lemon. The burden of proof then shifts to the manufacturer to prove otherwise. And in our experience, manufacturers almost never do so successfully. Contact us as soon as possible if your vehicle meets any of these qualifications and we can all but guarantee a fast and favorable settlement.

Why Choose Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® as Your California Lemon Law Attorney?

At Krohn & Moss, we understand that anyone seeking legal recourse for a lemon is already frustrated, and rightly so. That’s why we work quickly to secure compensation for our clients as soon as possible.

Our firm has nearly 30 years of experience trying Lemon Law cases in California. And in that time we’ve helped roughly 10,000 clients collect refunds, replacement vehicles, and cash settlements.

This experience has provided us with an unmatched understanding of the finer points of California’s Lemon Law. We know every loophole manufacturers try to use to escape liability and how to defend against them. In fact, we settle more than 97% of our cases because manufacturers recognize the futility of going to trial against us. As a result, our clients get paid sooner.

That said, we’re ready to take your claim to trial if you aren’t satisfied with the terms that the manufacturer is willing to agree to. After dealing with multiple failed repair attempts, most of our clients prefer a hands-off approach once we’re on the case. We’re happy to include you as much or as little as you like. But rest assured that we work for you and will only act in accordance with your wishes.

Schedule a Free Case Review with a California Lemon Law Attorney Today!

Call, text, or email us today to schedule a free case review. During the review, we’ll discuss the details of your case and advise you on the best path forward. Even after the free case review, you’ll never pay out of pocket for our services. We only get paid if we win your case, and the manufacturer will be responsible for our legal fees at that point.

So contact us today and let us get you the compensation you deserve!

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