At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon law attorney knows that the California Lemon Law applies to most new or used vehicles purchased or leased in California that are still under a manufacturer’s warranty.

But what happens when someone moves to California with a vehicle that is potentially a lemon?

Or, with the popularity of online car shopping, what if a Californian purchased the vehicle, and it was shipped in from another state?

The California lemon law explicitly excludes automobiles that were not purchased at retail in California from coverage. That typically means that consumers who purchased out-of-state automobiles will not qualify for coverage under the California lemon law.

However, to make matters more complicated, there may be factors that qualify vehicles ordered from out of state under our lemon law.

Here is what you need to know.

How Do I Know If My Vehicle Title Passed Between the Seller and Buyer in California?

In traditional California lemon law cases, it is typically easy to determine where the vehicle was purchased or leased, as the dealership is probably the place of sale.

California courts have interpreted the California lemon law’s statutory text to mean that a vehicle is “sold in California” if the title passes between the buyer and the seller within this state.

When consumers order vehicles online and have them delivered, they may not know the origin of the car, truck, or SUV.

So, how can the consumer determine where the title passed from the seller to the buyer?

Ask our skilled Los Angeles lemon law attorney for help.

Gather all the paperwork regarding the vehicle, including its order, sale, and delivery to California, and we will review the facts and circumstances of the transaction, so you know whether your vehicle qualifies for lemon law protection in California.

What Should I Do When the California Lemon Law Does Not Apply to My Vehicle?

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act covers all consumer products — including vehicles — that are sold within the U.S. and enforces written warranties.

Often called the federal lemon law, under this provision, a manufacturer must apply a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defective product or offer to buy it back.

If you are unsure of what type of consumer protection is available for your vehicle, contact our skilled California lemon lawyer today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

Just as our California Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to pay the consumer’s attorney fees, so does the Federal Act, so you pay nothing out of pocket for our legal services.

Contact Our Skilled Lemon Law Attorney in Los Angeles for a Free Consultation Today

If you are experiencing ongoing mechanical trouble with a vehicle that is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, contact our experienced Los Angeles County Lemon Law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-567-2279 or request a free consultation online.

Call us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the manufacturer for your full recovery.

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