California Lemon Law Lawyers

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California Lemon Law Attorneys

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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.

Southern California Office:
200 Pier Ave. Suite 126
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(866) 388-8290

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California Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Are car rental costs a recoverable damage for the time a lemon vehicle is out of service?

YES. Federal and/or state lemon laws provide for the recovery of car rental expenses when a vehicle ...

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YES. Federal and/or state lemon laws provide for the recovery of car rental expenses when a vehicle is out of service. These expenses are known as consequential or collateral damages and are recoverable when your lemon vehicle is out of service while subject to repairs, including the time the dealer may just be waiting on parts.

Since 1995, we have never seen so many consumers being forced to incur this expense due to the shortage of available loaner vehicles that dealers traditionally would provide from their own lots. Due to the worldwide chip shortage, new car dealers simply don’t have available cars to give out as loaner vehicles like they used to do so during the repair process. Therefore, if you have a lemon don’t throw your money down the drain paying for a car rental while your lemon vehicle sits unrepaired at the dealer. Contact our firm for a Free Case Review and we will advise you of all of the damages you may recover for your lemon vehicle, including your car rental expenses.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What types of defects are covered by lemon laws?

Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the ...

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Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Every situation is unique and a defect that you might not ordinarily think is substantial, might very well be depending on how it affects you.

For instance, even something that is seemingly as minor as the illumination of a light on your dashboard might signify a larger problem. Or, something like a brake squeak might be substantial if it affects your use and enjoyment of the vehicle. And the federal Lemon Law applies to all warrantied defects, regardless of their effect on the vehicle.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a ‘lemon’?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...

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For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is different, there are some general things that hold true across the board. At the most basic level, the vehicle needs to have some type of defect or non-conformity. And under most state laws, the defect must be covered by a warranty and be reported to the manufacturer within a specific timeframe and mileage limit.

However, the defect alone does not classify your vehicle as a lemon. Usually, the manufacturer must try and fail to repair the defect multiple times before the vehicle earns that distinction.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a Lemon Law buyback?

If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle ...

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If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle and issue a refund. This is known as a Lemon Law buyback. The refund typically amounts to the full purchase price, with all taxes, fees, and financing charges, minus a usage fee.

The applicable state Lemon Law should define the maximum manufacturers can withhold as a usage fee. Many state lemon laws calculate the maximum usage fee based on the purchase price of the vehicle and the mileage driven before the first repair attempt. But every state is different. Thus, contacting a knowledgeable and experienced Lemon Law attorney is the most effective way to protect your rights.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Does Lemon Law apply to used cars?

YES. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the federal Lemon Law, applies to used cars that ...

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YES. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the federal Lemon Law, applies to used cars that were sold with some type of warranty or service contract, i.e., it applies to vehicles that were not sold as-is. Some state lemon laws also apply to used cars.

Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, you may bring a claim if the car manufacturer fails to repair any defect in your vehicle after giving them a reasonable opportunity to do so. You may also bring a claim if the quality of your vehicle falls short of what you would expect from another one like it.

The Act entitles lemon owners to bring claims for monetary damages as compensation for the problems they’ve experienced. It also holds manufacturers responsible for any legal fees consumers accrue in making a federal Lemon Law claim. As a result, we can represent you at no direct cost if you’ve purchased or leased either a new or used lemon. Instead, we will seek our legal fees from the automobile manufacturer.

Finally, the federal Act allows consumers to bring claims for up to four years from the date on which the manufacturer failed to honor its obligations to repair. In some circumstances, consumers can bring claims as long as four years after the expiration of their warranty.

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.

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 99% 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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