Across the country, lemon law varies from state to state, and many states do not cover all of the various automobiles and vehicles out there. Fortunately, in California, you have pretty extensive coverage regarding all of the different types of vehicles on the road, even boats! Here is a more detailed explanation of how the California Lemon Law affects your vehicle.
Cars: If you’re stuck with a standard Lemon car, chances are that you will be 100% protected under the California Lemon law. If your car does or does not do something that severely affects the functioning and safety of the vehicle and falls away from what is guaranteed in the warranty, and you have attempted to have it fixed at least four times in the period of thirty days, your car probably qualifies as a lemon.
Motorcycles: California protects motorcycles as long as they are registered in the state for highway use. Your motorcycle must have substantial functional defects, or a high potential for harming the occupants.
Trucks: Trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, whatever you call them, they are also covered under California Lemon Law. This gets a little trickier if the trucks are commercially owned, but you should still find yourself protected.
RV’s: These campers are protected under California Law as vehicles, and obviously not as a home. For this reason, the framework, cab, engine, transmission and all other running gear, but rarely covers the living quarters of the vehicle. However, there are some cases that have had their living quarters covered.
Boats: Fortunately for Californians, your boat is probably covered! There are many more loopholes for the sale of faulty boats, such as a “caveat emptor” which means that you have bought the boat along with all of its present and future problems or defects.
If your vehicle is indeed a Lemon, there are a few ways you can be taken care of under the California Lemon Law. You may qualify for a replacement vehicle if the same make, model and year are available. If this is not an option, you will likely get one of the following monetary compensations: the full contract price, sales tax, registration fees, finance charges and full loan reimbursement, towing and vehicle rental costs.