Is the California Lemon Law Limited by Mileage?

If you’re a lemon owner in California, you may be wondering whether there are any mileage limits to the protection offered by the state’s lemon law. Buying a defective vehicle is stressful enough, and the last thing you want is to be denied compensation just because your car has racked up a few miles.

Our California lemon law lawyer knows the intricacies of the California lemon law and its mileage offset calculation, and why it’s important to consult a California lemon law attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Are There Mileage Limits to the Lemon Law in California?

Is the California Lemon Law Limited by Mileage?

The good news is that the California lemon law does not outright exclude vehicles with a certain mileage from its protection. Unlike in some other states, where a specific mileage threshold must be met for a lemon law claim, California does not impose such limitations. This means that regardless of how many miles your vehicle has, it can still qualify for protection under the lemon law if it meets the other necessary criteria.

Understand that the California lemon law focuses more on the number and nature of repair attempts rather than the mileage of the vehicle. So, even if your vehicle has high mileage, as long as it meets the criteria outlined in the lemon law, you may still be eligible for compensation.

What is the California Lemon Law Mileage Offset Calculation?

Although there are no mileage limits, the California Lemon Law does take into account the mileage when determining compensation. The mileage offset calculation is designed to account for the usage you have already gotten out of the lemon vehicle.

The mileage offset reduces the amount you would receive as compensation for the lemon vehicle based on a formula. This formula considers the number of miles driven before the first repair attempt for the same problem, divided by 120,000, and multiplied by the purchase price of the vehicle. The resulting amount is then deducted from the compensation you would have received otherwise.

For example, let’s say you purchased a defective vehicle for $20,000 and the first repair attempt occurred at 10,000 miles. If the lemon law claim is successful and the vehicle’s value is determined to be $14,000, the mileage offset calculation would be ((10,000/120,000) x $20,000), which is equal to $1,666.67. This amount would then be deducted from the compensation, resulting in a final award of $12,333.33. To get a better understanding of what your specific compensation could look like, check out our easy-to-use Lemon Law Buyback Calculator for a quick estimate.

Dealing with a lemon vehicle can be frustrating and time-consuming. That’s why it’s important to consult a California lemon law attorney who knows lemon law cases inside and out. Our knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the complex legal process and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Consult a California Lemon Lawyer Today

Our California lemon law attorney has a clear understanding of the Lemon Law and its mileage offset calculation. We will help you gather the necessary documentation, negotiate with the manufacturer, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you’re a lemon owner in California, don’t let the mileage of your vehicle deter you from seeking the compensation you deserve. Contact LemonLaw123 today at (657) 529-5239 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced California lemon law attorney. Remember, you have rights, and we are here to help you fight for them.

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