What is the California Lemon Law?

The Notion of the California Lemon Law

If the car you bought appears to be defective and can not be repaired properly within the warranty period, the California Lemon Law can help you.

The California Lemon Law (California Civil Code sections 1790 et seq.) was first introduced in 1984 and was meant to protect the consumers who have purchased, leased or financed a defective vehicle. The law applies when the vehicle in question cannot be properly repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts and the defect still affects the safety, value, and use of the vehicle.

Every state has its own form of Lemon Laws designed to protect consumers purchasing defective vehicles. In some states, Lemon laws also include legal regulations for mobile homes, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft. The California Lemon Law applies to cars bought or leased in California under the manufacturer’s original car warranty. It endows consumers with major rights.

When can a car be referred as ‘’lemon’’?

Generally speaking, any car that has some manufacturing defects and has been repaired numerous times for the same defect within the warranty period can be considered as ‘’lemon’’. Department of Motorized Vehicles of California states the following criteria for qualifying a car as a ‘’lemon’’:

-the car must be within the warranty period
-the car must be taken in for repair to an authorized dealer, for the same problem 2-4 times.
-the car is inoperable for a total of 30 days.
-the car defect must be of a severe impact either impairing the safety, value or use of the vehicle.
Here are defects that impair the use of a vehicle: steering problems, braking defects, malfunctioning speedometers, windshield wipers, malfunctioning door locks and so on.

What to do if the car you bought is a ‘’lemon’’?

Did you purchase a vehicle and it turned to be a ‘’lemon’’ car? Do not fall into despair. First, you must take it for repairs at an authorized service department, usually at a franchised car dealership. The manufacturer has to have a chance to repair the defect. If the defect is not repaired within a reasonable number of repair attempts, you can find protection under the California Lemon Law.

The good news is that the California Lemon Law will help you to obtain a refund of your monthly payments, down payment and possibly other consequential expenses based on the time the car first became defective. One of the major benefits of the California Lemon Law is that it mandates the manufacturer to pay for your attorney’s fees.

So, attorneys at The Margarian Law Firm, who are highly experienced in California lemon law, can help you to tackle the ‘’lemon’’ car issue professionally and efficiently without charging anything out-of-pocket from the consumer. The dedicated group of attorneys of The Margarian Law Firm is always ready to dispute cases on behalf of your rights. Thus, do not hesitate to receive professional legal help on above-mentioned issues and schedule your initial free consultation with The Margarian Law Firm.