Philippine Lemon Law

Why Motorcycles Are Not Covered by the Philippine Lemon Law

We’ve previous noted that the exact coverage of lemon laws varies from one country/jurisdiction to another, but lemon laws uniformly refer to “lemons” as defective products [see Q&A on the Philippine Lemon Law (Republic Act 10642)]. In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino signed the Philippine Lemon Law (Republic Act 10642,full text) into law on 15 July 2014. 

The Philippine Lemon Law does not cover all consumer goods. It covers only motor vehicles, brand new motor vehicles to be exact. A motor vehicle, on the other hand, has its specific definition for purposes of the Lemon Law — not all motor vehicles are covered [see that definition in the Q&A on the Philippine Lemon Law (Republic Act 10642); see also the Steps in Availing of Consumer Rights].

It is clear that motorcycles, for instance, are clearly placed OUTSIDE the scope of the Lemon Law. Motorcycles in whatever form are not covered. What’s not clear to us at the moment is the reason why motorcycles are not covered. If you know the answer, please let us know through the comment section below. We’ll update this post once we stumble on the answer in our continuing effort to dissect and understand RA 10642.


  1. Motorcycle vehicle should be covered. Bec there are a lot of dealers who are selling defective motorcycles. At kawawa naman ang mga ordinaryong mamayan katulad ko. Dahil wala ng magagawa kundi ibalik ang motorsiklo na hindi na umaandar sa loob ng 6 months ang masakit pa nito, hindi ko naman nakuha ang binayad ko na nagkakahalagang 30,000 na. Anh cost ng motor ay 60,000 kesa ituloy ko pa mabayaran ng buo mas mabuting isauli nalang at bye bye sa sa 30,000 ko..

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