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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.

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California Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is the Lemon Law in California?

The California Lemon Law holds manufacturers responsible for defective vehicles. Under the law, thos...

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The California Lemon Law holds manufacturers responsible for defective vehicles. Under the law, those that fail to repair defects after a reasonable number of attempts must provide the consumer with a refund or replacement vehicle. The law applies to most vehicles covered by a new-vehicle warranty.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How does the Lemon Law work?

If a vehicle manufacturer fails to repair a warrantied defect after a reasonable number of attempts,...

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If a vehicle manufacturer fails to repair a warrantied defect after a reasonable number of attempts, the California Lemon Law entitles the consumer to a refund or replacement vehicle. In most cases, the first step in filing a claim is to notify the manufacturer of your intention to do so. If you have a strong case, the manufacturer may offer a settlement at this point.

Otherwise, the next step is generally to present the case to an arbitration board, which can be done remotely by submitting the relevant documents. The board will review the case and issue its opinion. If the consumer is not satisfied with the arbitrators’ decision, they may then file a lawsuit.

At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, more than 99% of our cases settle before going to trial. So even if we do file suit, manufacturers almost always offer acceptable settlements before we need to take it further. Regardless of when the offer arrives, only the consumer can decide whether or not to accept it. We’ll advise you, but the decision is yours to make.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How many repair attempts does the Lemon Law in California require?

The California Lemon Law grants dealers four (4) repair attempts for any single defect. However, if ...

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The California Lemon Law grants dealers four (4) repair attempts for any single defect. However, if the defect has the potential to cause serious injury or death, the law only provides dealers with two (2) repair attempts. Additionally, if your car is out of service for repairs for a total of 30 days or more, it qualifies as a lemon.

In each of these cases, the vehicle must first be brought in for service within 18 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first) of the original delivery date.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What counts as a repair attempt?

The California Lemon Law defines a repair attempt as any time a consumer presents a vehicle to an au...

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The California Lemon Law defines a repair attempt as any time a consumer presents a vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair, even if the dealer is unable to duplicate the problem you are having or says there is no problem with the vehicle.

For example, say you bring your car to an authorized dealer four times for a steering concern. Even if the dealer claims to be unable to duplicate the issue three of those four times, all four times still count as repair attempts. You attempted to have the defect repaired by bringing it in for service four separate times and that’s all that matters.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

​Does my car qualify as a lemon in California?

In the express language of the Song-Beverly and Tanner Consumer Protection Act (California’s Lemon L...

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In the express language of the Song-Beverly and Tanner Consumer Protection Act (California’s Lemon Law), the phrase “four (4) repair attempts within 18 months or 18,000 miles” is often misunderstood as a requirement for vehicles to qualify as lemons. But it is possible to successfully pursue cases that do not meet these requirements.

The California Lemon Law provides that a consumer may be entitled to a refund or replacement of their vehicle if the manufacturer is unable or unwilling to repair the vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts. The Lemon Law presumes that a reasonable number of attempts have occurred if the vehicle has been subject to repair four (4) times for the same non-conformity within 18 months or 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first. But this is only a presumption.

A consumer may still qualify for lemon law remedies if they do not meet this presumption. In fact, many of our former and current clients have vehicles that qualify for the refund/replacement remedy without meeting this presumption. Moreover, several consumers have vehicles that qualify for the repurchase/replacement remedy even when their problems occurred after a year or 18,000 miles.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

How long do I have to file a lawsuit under the California 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). In other words, you have four years from the date of the first 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 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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