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How Does The California Lemon Law Affect Military Personnel's Personal Vehicles

How Does The California Lemon Law Affect Military Personnel’s Personal Vehicles?

The California Lemon Law for military personnel is designed to protect active-duty military members who purchase or lease a new or CPO vehicle in California and experience persistent problems that impair the safety, value or use of the vehicle. It is similar to the regular California Lemon Law, but it provides some additional benefits for military members who may face unique challenges, such as frequent relocations or deployment.

In general, the Law states that if a new or CPO vehicle has a defect that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, or if the car or truck has been out of service for a certain amount of time due to warranty repairs, the manufacturer is required to provide a buyback of a replacement vehicle or refund of the prorated purchase price, plus any other associated costs.

However, there are considerations for military service members who are stationed in California but are not California residents. If a service member purchased or leased a vehicle in California but is not a resident, they may still be covered by the Lemon Law if the vehicle was purchased or leased for personal, family or household use in California. This means that if the service member’s vehicle meets the requirements, they may be entitled to a buyback, replacement vehicle or refund, even if they are not a California resident.

It’s important to note, however, that the Lemon Law does not cover vehicles that were purchased or leased outside of California, even if the owner is a California resident or stationed in California.

If you are an active military member and have questions about how the Law applies to your specific situation, it’s best to consult with a qualified attorney who is familiar with the law.

As one of California’s premier Lemon Law litigators, the experts at Strategic Legal Practices ( stand ready to guide you through the process and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

So whether you’re active-duty military personnel, or a full-time California resident, we encourage you to call Strategic Legal Practices NOW at 844-423-4464, or contact us at