Does the California Lemon Law Apply to Used Cars, SUVs, Minivan, and Pickup Trucks?

Yes, the California Lemon Law applies to your used vehicle but only if it the new car warranty or the certified used car warranty had not yet expired when you bought your car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck.

California’s Lemon Law – officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act — provides remedies to you if you purchased a defective vehicle.  Typically, California’s Lemon Law applies to new vehicles because it has a new car warranty.  Generally, if you present your vehicle to the manufacturer or the dealership a reasonable number of times and the manufacturer does not repair the vehicle’s defects or your vehicle continues to experience defects, the manufacturer must replace the vehicle or buy back the vehicle at your election.

Fortunately, for buyers of used vehicles, a used vehicle bought before the new car warranty expires is also covered by California’s Lemon Law.  Thus, if you purchased your car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck used but it is still covered by the manufacturer’s new car warranty, you are entitled to replacement or a buyback just like if you bought it new.  Better yet, if you purchased your vehicle as a certified used vehicle, the California Lemon Law applies until the additional terms of the certified warranty expire.

In sum, if you purchased a used vehicle that has defects, you may still have a claim for a buyback under California’s Lemon Law if:

  • Your used vehicle was purchased before the new car warranty or the certified used car warranty expired; and
  • Your used vehicle still has defects after you brought your used car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck to the dealer for repairs a reasonable number of times during the remainder of the manufacturer’s new car or certified used warranty.

If you suspect your used vehicle is a lemon, call the attorneys at Wirtz Law APC at (833) 4MY-LEMON for a free evaluation to determine if you have a claim under the California Lemon Law.

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