How Does California’s Lemon Law Work?

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One of the biggest purchases a person makes is buying a car – whether new or used. It should go without saying that you should take your time in deciding which car to buy and not feel pressured by anyone who simply wants your money and your signature on a contract. That said, if your new car has a serious warranty defect that the dealer can’t fix, even after several attempts, you may be eligible to recover your money or get another car. That is California’s Lemon Law at work. If you would like more information on how this law works, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Los Angeles, California Lemon Law attorney today.

Does California’s Lemon Law apply to my vehicle?

The Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles that come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, vans and SUVs
  • The chassis, chassis cab and drive train of a motor home
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators
  • Many vehicles purchased or leased primarily for business use
  • Vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family or household purposes

What happens if the manufacturer or dealer can’t fix my vehicle?

If the manufacturer or dealer can’t repair a serious warranty defect in your vehicle after a “reasonable” number of attempts, the manufacturer must either:

  • Replace the vehicle, or
  • Refund its purchase price

What is a reasonable number of attempts?

California’s Lemon Law does not specify a number, but its Presumption contains the following guidelines:

  • The manufacturer or dealer has not fixed the same problem after four or more attempts
  • Your vehicle’s problems could cause death or serious bodily injury if anyone drives it, and the manufacturer or dealer has made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts
  • The vehicle has been in the shop for more than thirty days – not necessarily consecutive – for the repair of any problems covered by its warranty

Do you need to go to court for California’s Lemon Law to help you?

No. In many cases, the manufacturer of your vehicle may offer a state-certified arbitration program that may assist you in resolving your dispute. If so, you must request arbitration in order to claim the benefits. Afterward, you may accept or reject the arbitrator’s decision.

Whether or not you have begun arbitration, you should avail yourself of a skilled California consumer lawyer who will protect your rights.

Do you need a lawyer to help with the Lemon Law?

An experienced consumer lawyer will strive to complete the legal process as quickly as possible by adeptly outlining all the necessary paperwork before working with the manufacturer’s legal department to create the solution you deserve. With the right lawyer, you can achieve a final settlement within ninety days. So, give us a call today.

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