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How many repair attempts or days in the repair shop determine a lemon law case?

Your car may legally be a lemon based on as few as two repair attempts. California’s Lemon Law provides a legal presumption that the car is a lemon if any of the following occur within the first 18 months or 18k miles on the odometer, whichever comes first:

  • A) Two or more repair attempts for a safety-related concern;
  • B) Four or more repair attempts for any substantial concern; OR
  • C) 30 total days in the shop by reason of repair attempts.

If your lemon law case meets any of these three standards, it is harder for the manufacturer to refute. However, you may have a valid claim even without these criteria.