The California Lemon Laws
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, CA Civil Code Section 1790-1795.8, is known largely as the California Lemon Law. This law is a state law that outlines the responsibilities of consumer goods makers, including vehicle manufacturers. When pertaining to a vehicle, this includes both implied and express warranties. The law requires every sale of any consumer goods in California to include an implied warranty (of merchantability) unless the vehicle is sold “as is.” Manufacturers however, almost always add an Express Warranty, which is a warranty written by the manufacturer to preserve or maintain the utility or performance of the vehicle or provide compensation if there is a failure in utility or performance. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act states that if a manufacturer has provided an express warranty for a vehicle (any consumer good), the manufacturer must maintain adequate service and repair facilities in the state of California OR authorize independent repair and service facilities to carry out the terms of those warranties. This means that if the manufacturer or their representative is unable to repair the vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, they must make restitution, replace the vehicle or provide a refund.