What Makes a Car a Lemon?

The lemon law is also known as the song Beverly consumer warrant act. It was created to assist consumers who are faced with defective or irreparable products. California lemon laws may help you if your car is defective and covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. This applies to both new and used cars.

What is a Lemon Car?

A lemon car is generally a car that has some defect that makes it unsafe to drive. A car that has problems such as broken transmissions or faulty brakes could be classified as a lemon. Problems that are not detrimental to the vehicle’s safety like chipped paint or a damaged A/C do not qualify a car as a lemon. The exact definition of a lemon vehicle varies from one state to the next, as each state has its own Lemon Law.

Legally, if a used car or used truck meets the requirements of California’s lemon law on used cars and other vehicles, you may be eligible for compensation if the car or vehicle is still defective after a reasonable repair attempt. If a car meets certain criteria, it is considered a lemon. It must have an active warranty from the manufacturer. This could include an extended warranty or the original warranty.

A defect must also be present in the car that impacts its value, safety, and ability to be used. The defect must not be permanent. The problem must persist even after the manufacturer makes attempts to fix it. The manufacturer must have tried to fix the problem at least three times. Each case will have a different number of attempts required to be considered reasonable. The car is considered a lemon after all these requirements are met.

Also read: California Lemon Law for Used Car

What Makes a Car a Lemon?

  1. A Substantial defect has been found in the car
  2. The Car is not driveable
  3. Multiple Repairs Have Been Made
  4. The Owner is not at fault for the problem
  5. Annoyances Are NOT Covered
California Lemon Law Used Car
California Lemon Law for Used Car

Also read: California Lemon Law to New and Used Car Purchases

Common Defects and Malfunctions with Lemons

Any defect in a vehicle’s design, manufacturing, marketing, or sale can be considered a defect. It could include any fault that negatively affects its safety, value, and function. Some defects can cause serious accidents. Others can impact the vehicle’s crashworthiness and the protection of its occupants in an accident. Any defect can lead to serious consequences.

Your car is a lemon if it has the following defects.

  • Unintentional acceleration
  • Brake failure
  • Failure of the seatbelt and airbag
  • Steering system failure
  • Air conditioner malfunction
  • Stalling
  • Failure and engine fire
  • Transmission failure by automatic
  • Fuel line defects
  • Fuel injection defects
  • Problems with electricity
  • Cruise control malfunction

You may be a victim of lemon if your vehicle is damaged beyond repair. A skilled attorney with the ability and work ethic to get you fair compensation for your losses is necessary.

Lemon Law: What Vehicles are Covered?

The following vehicles may be covered by the lemon law:

  • Pick-ups, pick-ups, vans, SUVs and cars
  • Many vehicles are leased or purchased primarily for business purposes.
  • A motorhome’s drivetrain, chassis, and chassis cab.
  • Vehicles bought or leased to family, household, recreational, or personal use
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators


Knowing what makes a car a lemon will help you to be aware of the signs and be ready in case your car is a lemon. If this is the case, you should be ready to fight for your car’s worth.

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