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December 24, 2013 > Possible changes to the Lemon Law

Possible changes to the Lemon Law

Submitted By Venus Stromberg

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will consider amendments to BOEÕs Lemon Law-related regulations to make them more consistent with a state law that clarified that people who leased defective vehicles, known as Òlemons,Ó were entitled to the same protections as purchasers. Assembly Bill 242 (2011 Ch. 727) specifically states Lemon Law protections apply to people who lease vehicles, as well as those who buy them.

The Lemon Law allows people who buy or lease automobiles to seek a replacement or restitution for a defective vehicle. The proposed amendments will clarify that the BOE is required to reimburse a manufacturer for the sales or use tax that has been refunded to a consumer. Prior to AB 242, the Lemon Law did not address the BOE reimbursing a manufacturer for use tax.

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