If you bought a used, pre-owned or certified car, truck, van, SUV or other vehicle that is still covered by a manufacturer's warranty, then you may be protected under both the California Used Car Lemon Law and the Federal Used Car Lemon Law.
If you’re a used car owner and are wondering if the used vehicle you purchased is protected under the statutes of the CA Lemon Law, you’ll be happy to know that the Law does, in fact, cover used, “pre-owned”, and refurbished vehicles, so long as these vehicles still have an active warranty from the manufacturer or dealer.
The problem is that many used vehicles are no longer under warranty. Thankfully, in the state of California, used cars sold with a dealer’s warranty also qualify. However, rather than qualifying under new car lemon law, they fall under the used car lemon law. Dealer warranties vary based on the dealership that offers them.
If your new car is spending more time at the repair shop than it spends with you, you might have a lemon on your hands. Thankfully, the California lemon law is in place to protect consumers facing a sour deal. Generally, the lemon law covers new vehicles with serious defects/malfunctions for a certain amount of time or mileage.
California’s lemon law statute, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, protects used cars in several different ways. First, all used automobiles that are purchased or leased from a California car dealership during the original manufacturer’s warranty period qualify for protection under the new car lemon law.
Members of the Armed Forces, who are stationed in or are residents of California, are protected by the Lemon Law even if their vehicles were purchased or registered outside of California. The Lemon Law also applies to used vehicles when they are still under a manufacturer’s new car warranty.
attempts,” California’s Lemon Law Presumption contains guidelines for determining when a “reasonable number” of repair attempts have been made. The California Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles sold or leased in California that come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty: • Cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
The California lemon law also covers other motor vehicles that are sold with the manufacturer’s new car warranty. For example, a one-year old used car that is sold with the remaining two year portion of the manufacturer’s three-year new car warranty is thought of as a new motor vehicle under the California lemon law.
(To find your state's lemon law, visit the Autopedia website, the Lemon Law America website, or the BBB Auto Line State Lemon Laws website.) Some laws, for example, will cover a car that was bought with a certain amount of mileage on the odometer. In others, the lemon law applies to used cars that were still covered by the original warranty at ...
Lemon laws protect new car buyers in every state in the nation, but it's far more common for used-car buyers to get stuck with an unreliable vehicle, or to incur repair bills that cost more than ...