California Lemon Law Information
The California Lemon Law applies to vehicles in the first 18 months or 18,000 after vehicle delivery.
The dealer must have:
- tried to repair a serious safety problem at least twice, or
- tried to repair any problem (safety related or not) four or more times, or
- caused the vehicle to be out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more days
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Helpful Lemon Law Tips
Most states require you to notify the dealer and the manufacturer that you have a Lemon Law claim. Always use Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
If the manufacturer has an informal mediation or dispute resolution process, most states require you to do that first before pursuing litigation. However, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Most lawyers will not charge you for an initial consultation or legal fees for Lemon Law arbitration. If they decide you have a case, normally the manufacturer is forced to pay your legal costs.