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Military Exception for California Lemon Law

The Role of a Skilled Attorney in Maximizing Compensation and Minimizing Deductions in Damages for Defective Vehicles

Generally, California Lemon Law only applies to vehicles “sold in California.” However, there is an exception for active members of the military. California is home to more than 175,000 active-duty members of the military, many of whom are residents from other states. Like many Californians, active-duty members stationed in this state often require a vehicle for personal use, and either purchase vehicles in California or bring vehicles purchased in other states to California.

In recognition of the sacrifices made by members of the military in having to be stationed in various different states, the legislature created a special exception for military personnel stationed in California.Under the military exception, active-duty members qualify for California Lemon Law (Song-Beverly Act) if (1) the vehicle was purchased while stationed in California, or (2) the Lemon Law complaint was filed at the time the active-duty member was stationed in California. Effectively, this means that vehicles not purchased in California may qualify for California Lemon Law as long as it was purchased while stationed in California. If you are an active-duty member experiencing problems with a car, call us today for a free consultation.

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