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What Does Lemon Law Not Cover?

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Lemon Law is a law that helps protect consumers when they purchase or lease a defective vehicle. In most cases, this law covers new cars that have been in the shop for multiple repairs. However, there are some cases where Lemon Law does not apply. Our experienced lemon law team discusses some vehicles that would not be covered under Lemon Law protection.

Out-of-State Sales

California lemon law covers vehicles purchased or leased in California. This exclusion does not apply to active military personnel who purchased their vehicle in another state before being stationed here.

Vehicles Sold "As-Is"

The lemon law does not apply to vehicles sold "as-is." This means the buyer is aware that the vehicle has a defect and still decides to purchase it.

Modified or Misused Vehicles

If a vehicle is modified or abused after it is sold, the lemon law will not apply. For example, if you purchase a new car and then decide to add aftermarket parts, the lemon law will not cover you if those parts cause problems.

Commercial Fleet Cars

The lemon law does not cover vehicles that are considered "commercial fleet cars." These are vehicles that are leased or purchased for business purposes. This exclusion does not apply to vehicles used for personal and business purposes.


Following a vehicle repossession, consumers have rights, particularly regarding the notice a dealer must provide before auctioning the vehicle. Such issues, however, are not covered by the lemon law.

Want to Know If Your Vehicle is Covered?

Lemon Law has many exclusions and exceptions. Contact our team at O’Connor Law Group, P.C. if you're unsure whether your vehicle qualifies. We can help you determine if you have a case and what your next steps should be.

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