What is a Lemon?

A fruit? A vegetable? No, a defective new-ish car.

Many clients who have never had first-hand experience with Lemon Law start by asking our Lemon Law lawyers, “What is a Lemon?”

A “Lemon” is a term most commonly used to describe a defective vehicle that is still covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. A Lemon typically has been in for service or repair with the dealership on multiple occasions, or on one or more prolonged occasions. The manufacturer, through its dealership(s), has made “reasonable repair attempts,” and still cannot fix the vehicle’s defect(s). 

Although there is no set number for “reasonable repair attempts,” California’s Lemon Law has a “presumption,” or a set of guidelines, to determine when a “reasonable number” of repair attempts have been made.

The California Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles sold or leased in California that come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, vans, crossovers, and SUVs.
  • The chassis, chassis cab, and drivetrain of a motorhome.
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators.
  • Personal vehicles (most vehicles).
  • Business vehicles (with some exceptions).

The California Lemon Law applies throughout the duration of the vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty period.

Contact our Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyers to discuss the details of your potential case. 


Our reputation.

Reputation matters.  At Sina Rez Law, our Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyers have established a highly regarded reputation with all the major car manufacturers. Manufacturers consider a Lemon Law attorney’s reputation as part of their analysis of a claim. They know we won’t back down when many other less experienced attorneys will. This increases the chances of your claim being approved. 

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Get your money.

If our Santa Monica Lemon Law attorneys successfully convince the manufacturer that your vehicle qualifies under California’s Lemon Law, we will force the manufacturer to repurchase your car. That means you get nearly all of your money back, minus a deduction for the amount of miles your vehicle was trouble-free. 

No charge.

If our Santa Monica Lemon Law attorneys are successful in forcing the manufacturer to repurchase your car under California’s Lemon Law, the law says the manufacturer must pay our attorney’s fees and costs. This allows us to represent many people who would otherwise not be able to afford a Lemon Law lawyer. 

Speak with an attorney today before your rights expire.

Free case evaluation.

Speak with a top-rated Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyer today to understand your rights before they expire. Time is of the essence.

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