Who Is Considered A Consumer Under The C.A. Lemon Law In San Diego?

Who Is Considered A Consumer Under The C.A. Lemon Law In San Diego?

A consumer can refer to anyone who purchases a used or new vehicle. If the vehicle is defective and/or does not meet the manufacturer’s express warranties, and you are unable to get a satisfactory resolution from either the dealership or the manufacturer, then you may be entitled to relief under the law. The following types of individuals and entities would qualify as consumers:

Individuals – The lemon law covers individual purchasers; therefore, an individual person who purchased a new or used car may have recourse under this law if he/she cannot satisfactorily resolve their issues with the dealer(s) or manufacturer. 

Additionally, spouses of individual buyers are also covered by this law. Unmarried co-lessees on a vehicle purchase are not protected by California’s lemon law. However, unmarried co-lessees who purchased a vehicle together and lived together may be covered.

Individuals – Organizations – Corporations, partnerships, associations, clubs, or other unincorporated organizations are also considered consumers under the California Lemon Law if they purchase a new vehicle that is subject to any of the manufacturer’s express warranties.

Organizations – Even though you purchased from a dealer organization rather than from another individual consumer does not mean that you do not qualify as a consumer under this law. If an organization purchased a new or used car from one of California’s authorized dealerships and the dealership is unable to resolve your issues with the manufacturer, then you may have recourse against both entities for relief under this law. This would include labor and storage fees as well as the diminished value of your vehicle.

In order to pursue a case under this law, it is important that you keep all documentation from your dealer or manufacturer-provided during the initial sale and later attempts at a repair. The records will be critical if you have to file a claim under this law. 

Some records that are helpful include copies of any written warranty documents, maintenance receipts, repair orders, payment receipts for work done on the vehicle which was not covered by warranty, etc. If there were any phone conversations involved with these issues, make sure you take notes from those as well, including who you spoke with and what was discussed between both parties. 

Once your vehicle has been repaired through an informal dispute settlement procedure or after using arbitration, please save copies of your letters and any other documentation, as you’ll need these to file a formal arbitration claim.

Call Scott Law Group P.C. at (619) 345-5599 immediately once you find out that your new or used vehicle is not in compliance with the manufacturer’s express warranties. One of our experienced lemon law attorneys will review your case for free and advise you on whether you are entitled to relief under California’s lemon law.


Contact our Lemon Law experts today to get more information about Lemon Law in California. Call Scott Law Group P.C. at (619) 345-5599 in San Diego, CA.

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