California Lemon Law Guide – Learn from Real Lemon Law Attorneys at Quill & Arrow LLP

The California Lemon Law is designed to protect vehicle consumers when they find out their vehicle has a warranty defect. When the problem can’t be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, the lemon law provides a way out. The truth is that dealing with a lemon can be frustrating and time-consuming. 

This insightful guide provided by Quill & Arrow LLP, a leading firm in Lemon Law litigation, will help you understand and navigate the complexities of Lemon Law in California.

What is Lemon Law?

Officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the Lemon Law provides protection to consumers who buy or lease newer vehicles that turn out to have serious defects impacting their use, value, or safety. 

The law mandates that the manufacturer or its agent (dealers in this case) attempt to repair these issues while under warranty. If they cannot fix the defect after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer must either replace or repurchase the vehicle.


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Criteria for a Vehicle to Be Considered a Lemon in California

If you’re wondering whether your vehicle qualifies as a ‘California Lemon Law’ new car, it must meet certain criteria:

  1. Warranty Coverage: The defect must occur during the warranty period. 
  2. Reasonable Number of Repair Attempts: The vehicle must have been taken in for repairs multiple times. These repairs could be for the same issue, or the car may have been out of service for an extended period due to repairs.
  3. Substantial Defect: The defect must impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety.

These stipulations are fairly broad, but this is the general criteria that make your car a lemon. Note that each case requires thorough documentation and professional assessment.

Steps to Take if You Suspect You Have a Lemon

  1. Document Everything: Keep all repair orders and receipts. Document all communication with the dealership and manufacturer.
  2. Meet Repair Criteria: Ensure you take the vehicle in for repairs while under the warranty. Confirm that you meet the Lemon Law requirements for the number of repair attempts or days out of service.
  3. Consult a Lemon Law Attorney: Lemon law claims can be complex. As a result, professional legal guidance is crucial in pursuing a new car Lemon Law resolution. 

How Quill & Arrow LLP Can Help

Quill & Arrow LLP stands out in the Lemon Car Law field due to their expertise and commitment to consumer rights. Here’s how they assist in Law Lemon cases:

  1. Case Evaluation: They provide a free case evaluation to determine whether your car qualifies as a lemon vehicle.
  2. Expert Representation: If your case qualifies, they represent you at no cost. This is because attorney fees are usually paid by the manufacturer if you win the case.
  3. Negotiation and Litigation: They handle all negotiations with the manufacturer. If necessary, they are prepared to litigate to protect your rights.

Real Case Success Stories

Quill & Arrow LLP has a stellar track record of resolving ‘Lemon California Law’ claims. At Quill & Arrow LLP, we understand the frustration and burden a lemon vehicle brings. We recently helped a client with a new car that spent over 40 days in the shop due to engine defects. After Quill & Arrow stepped in, the manufacturer agreed to buy back the vehicle and compensate the client for all incidental costs. 

Here are a few other examples of how we’ve fought for our client’s rights under the new car Lemon Law California:


Sarah purchased a brand-new SUV. However, within the first few months, she began to experience persistent transmission problems. Despite repeated visits to the dealership for repairs, the issue persisted. Quill & Arrow LLP stepped in, documenting the repair history and communicating with the manufacturer. Through skillful negotiation, we secured a full refund for Sarah’s vehicle. This allowed her to move forward without further financial strain.


David’s dream car turned into a nightmare after he encountered repeated electrical issues that significantly impacted the car’s functionality. The dealership’s attempts to fix the problem were unsuccessful, so David contacted us. Our Quill & Arrow LLP team leveraged their expertise in California’s Lemon Law for new cars. They demonstrated the severity of the problem and the manufacturer’s inability to provide a permanent solution. David received a replacement vehicle of the same model, year, and extras, the car he deserved.

The Martinez Family

The Martinez family’s minivan was essential for their growing family. However, it began suffering from a faulty air conditioning system during the heatwave. Despite being under warranty, the dealership couldn’t resolve the issue after many repair attempts. Quill & Arrow LLP pursued their case with diligence, highlighting the safety concerns of the malfunctioning system. With the aid of our team, the manufacturer agreed to a notable financial settlement. The Martinez family used the funds towards a reliable vehicle with functioning a/c.

These are only a few examples of how Quill & Arrow LLP championed consumer rights under the California Vehicle Lemon Law. Our commitment extends beyond legal expertise. We always prioritize clear communication with our clients, keeping them informed throughout the process. 


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Frequently Asked Questions About California Lemon Law

Q: Is there a lemon law for used cars?

A: Yes, there is Lemon Law for used cars. The vehicle must still be under the original manufacturer’s warranty or have a certified pre-owned warranty to qualify for the used car Lemon Law. 

Q: What constitutes a reasonable number of repair attempts?

A: The law does not specify a number, but for most issues, four repair attempts. More concerning defects may pass the threshold sooner. If the vehicle is out of service for more than 30 days, it may fall under the protection of the 30-day Lemon Law used cars enjoy. 

Q: Can I afford a Lemon Law attorney?

A: Yes, with Quill & Arrow LLP, there are no upfront fees. They recover their fees from the manufacturer when you win the case.

Q: What if I leased my vehicle?

A: Lemon Law also covers leased vehicles and uses similar criteria as purchased vehicles.

Don’t Be Stuck With A Lemon: Quill and Arrow Is Here to Help 

If you’re stuck with a lemon, the frustration and helplessness can be overwhelming. However, with the expertise of Quill & Arrow LLP, you’ll feel confident navigating even the murky waters of Lemon Law on used cars. It’s important to understand your rights and the qualifications for a lemon. With that knowledge and some professional guidance, the path to resolving your vehicle’s issues is right in front of you. 

Don’t let a defective vehicle disrupt your life—seek the right help and get back on the road. For personalized advice and a roadmap to Lemon Law protection, contact Quill & Arrow LLP.

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