At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon law attorney knows the California Lemon Law primarily applies to new and certified pre-owned vehicles still covered by their manufacturer’s warranty and exhibits a defect that cannot be fixed after a reasonable number of attempts by a certified mechanic or dealership.

While California’s Lemon Law is one of the nation’s most consumer-friendly of its kind, its enforcement has some exceptions and limitations.

What are the California Lemon Law Exceptions and Limitations?

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The specifics of each case can vary, and our Los Angeles lemon lawyer can provide guidance on your particular situation and whether you have a valid claim.

However, some California Lemon Law exclusions and limitations may apply, including:

  • The law does not apply to pre-owned motorcycles, some off-roading vehicles, and certain motor homes.
  • If the vehicle’s defects result from unauthorized modifications or alterations made by the owner, it may not be covered by the Lemon Law.
  • The law does not apply to service contracts sold by the dealership. Extended warranties, such as Certified Pre-Owned Warranties, do count.
  • The law does not apply if the warranty is not in effect as of the date of the first repair attempt.
  • If four years pass after the date a consumer thinks their vehicle might be a lemon and a lemon law claim has not been made, the consumer might be barred from pursuing a lemon law claim.
  • The law applies to almost all faulty vehicles under 18 months old or with less than 18,000 miles, either leased or bought outright.
  • The law typically does not apply to vehicles purchased from private sellers. It primarily pertains to transactions involving licensed dealerships.

Before pursuing a lemon law claim in court, the consumer must often participate in the manufacturer’s arbitration program, which can have limitations and procedures if they have not sought counsel from an experienced California law attorney.

It is crucial to seek legal advice if you believe your vehicle may qualify for lemon law protection, which is precisely why we are here. Not only does our Los Angeles lemon lawyer manage each detail of our client’s cases to ensure their best interests are protected from the start, but we also have a 99% success rate and often settle without a lawsuit in as little as 30-60 days.

Get the California Lemon Law Help You Need Today: Call Shainfeld Law, P.C.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles County lemon law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling (310)-295-1888 or request a free consultation online to pursue a legal remedy that fits your needs.