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Lemon Law for Used Cars in California

Bought a Used Car with Problems?

Although many people mistakenly believe that used cars are not protected by California’s lemon laws, this is simply not the case. Even if you purchased a used car, your rights as a consumer are still protected. The California Used Car Lemon Law provides legal protections for consumers who purchase or lease a used car, or any other used vehicle covered under the manufacturer's warranty, from being stuck with a lemon. If your car is under warranty and you have been experiencing issues that cannot be readily repaired, now is the time to talk to a lawyer about your options and rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim to compensation in the form of a refund, vehicle replacement, or cash.

To get started, call 424.26.BRAVO (424.262.7286). When you work with The Bravo Law Firm, APC, it’s personal.

What Types of Cars are Covered Under California's Used Car Lemon Law?

California's lemon law covers used cars that fall within the following categories:

  • Used cars or vehicles purchased primarily for personal or household purposes
  • Company vehicles with gross weights below 10,000 pounds where 5 or fewer vehicles are registered to the business
  • Used cars sold with a written warranty
  • Lemon vehicles that are repurchased by manufacturers and resold to consumers

California's used car lemon law does not apply in situations where the problems that a car or vehicle is experiencing are caused by abuse, or if the terms of the vehicle's warranty for maintenance and proper use were not properly followed by the owner.

Warranties & Compensation for Used Car Lemons

If you have a used car that qualifies as a lemon under California’s consumer protection laws, you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement vehicle, plus additional compensation for any related losses.

Your used car may be covered by lemon laws if:

  • You purchased the vehicle with a warranty
  • It has been in multiple times for the same repair
  • It has been in for repairs for 30 days or more

Even if your used car does not meet the above criteria, it pays to speak with an attorney. You could still be covered. If you purchased the vehicle without a warranty, the manufacturer warranty may still be in place. This will typically apply if the vehicle is less than 3 years old and/or has less than 36,000 miles on it. Or, if the warranty provided by the used car dealership has expired, but it was misrepresented in any way, you may still have a valid case.

How Long is My Car Covered Under California's Used Car Lemon Law?

California Used Car Lemon Law applies through the duration of a vehicle's original warranty as well as any extended warranty periods. For example, if a vehicle has a 3 year original warranty and a defect is discovered 2 years after the warranty's start date, the manufacturer will be legally required to make a reasonable attempt to repair the vehicle, or if it cannot be repaired, repurchase, replace, or otherwise compensate the owner. Regardless of the circumstances, however, all breach of warranty claims must be filed within 4 years of the warranty's start date.

Helping Used Car Owners in the San Fernando Valley & Greater LA Area

The Bravo Law Firm, APC serves used car owners across the entire San Fernando Valley, including Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, to Calabasas, and the entire greater Los Angeles area. When you come to our firm, you can expect to receive an honest assessment of your case and straightforward guidance regarding your rights as a consumer under our state’s lemon laws. We will take whatever approach aligns with your goals and offers the best opportunity at a positive result, and we will fight to win.

Contact us at 424.26.BRAVO (424.262.7286) and find out how we can help.

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