Common but untrue lemon law myths

| Mar 8, 2021 | Lemon Law |

There is a lot of information regarding lemon laws here in California and throughout the United States. Generally speaking, state and federal governments created these laws to protect consumers from buying a vehicle or related consumer product. However, those with questions about their case’s specifics often get the most accurate answers by speaking with an attorney who represents clients in lemon law cases.

Myth: Lemon law applies to cars

Lemon laws apply to all types of motorized vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, ATVs, boats, and PWC (personal watercraft). It also applies to vehicle tires, car seats, and other products related to the vehicles’ function and safety.

Myth: Used vehicles and products are exempt

The consumer can still file a claim or lawsuit if the car or car seat is used and under warranty.

Myth: Leased vehicles are not eligible

Faulty leased vehicles do qualify.

Myth: Lemon laws only apply until the warranty runs out

The malfunctioning or faulty equipment does not have to be fixed by the time the warranty expires, but it is helpful to at least have the issue identified while under warranty. Owners can support a claim with careful record keeping.

Myth: There must at least four attempts to fix the vehicle or product

Lemon laws hinge on a “reasonable” number of attempts at fixing the issue. Four attempts to fix the same problem is a common number given in California, but it can be as few as two attempts because the issue is life-threatening.

Myth: The car must be in the repair shop for a month

The vehicle need not be in the shop for 30 consecutive days. It just needs to add up to 30 total days.

Myth: Lemon laws don’t apply to commercial vehicles

Lemon laws do apply to commercial vehicles.

Myth: Lemon law lawyers are expensive

Lemon law attorneys are typically compensated by receiving a portion of the settlement, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses.