16.1 "Lemon Law"
- 12 months/12,000 miles:
- A new vehicle which has the same defect
four times or more, or is out of service a total of
30 days or more, during the first 12 months or 12,000
miles, is considered a “Lemon.” Under the
Lemon Law, the buyer can return the vehicle to the dealer
and get a 100% refund.
- Lemon Law Decal:
- Civil Code §1793.23© requires the manufacturer,
prior to re-selling the Lemon Law vehicle, to place a decal
on the left front door frame, or in an obvious area on a motorcycle,
that states the vehicle title has been permanently stamped
"Lemon Law Buyback."
- Disclosure Statements:
- Any person, including a dealer, who sells, leases, or transfers
a Lemon Law vehicle with a title that states "Lemon Law
Buyback", shall, prior to the sale, lease or ownership
transfer provide the buyer with a disclosure statement signed
by the transferee that states:
"THIS VEHICLE WAS REPURCHASED BY ITS MANUFACTURER DUE
TO A DEFECT IN THE VEHICLE PURSUANT TO CONSUMER WARRANTY LAWS.
THE TITLE TO THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY BRANDED WITH
THE NOTATION 'LEMON LAW BUYBACK'." [C.C. §1793.23]
- The dealer must also notify the buyer in writing of the
- The year, make, model and VIN.
- That the title is marked "Lemon Law Buyback.
- The nature of each nonconformity reported by the original
vehicle buyer or lessee.
- Repairs, if any, made to the vehicle in an attempt
to correct each nonconformity.
- The notification must be on white, 8.5X11 inch letter-size
paper in black print no smaller than 10 point. The notification
is not submitted as part of the registration application.
- Warranty Returns:
- A vehicle re-acquired prior to January 1, 1996, is referred
to, and branded as, a "warranty return" on the California
title. When selling one of these vehicles, a dealer must include
the following statement on the dealer's letterhead and personally
signed by the buyer:
"This vehicle has been returned to the dealer or manufacturer
due to a defect in the vehicle pursuant to consumer warranty