Lemon Law FAQs

Do you think your car might be a “lemon”? If your vehicle is so defective that it can be classified as a “lemon”, you can find legal help under the California Lemon Law. While working with a law firm that handles lemon law cases will make your job a lot easier, you might want to have some general knowledge of what to expect and what your options are as a consumer. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Lemon Law.

When can a car be considered a ‘’lemon’’?

According to the Lemon Law, a motor vehicle is defined as a ‘’lemon’’ if:

– it has a defect impairing its use or a defect that lowers its market value substantially

– the manufacturer fails to repair it within a reasonable time.

However, it is usually hard for a buyer to identify whether his/her car is a ‘’lemon’’ or not. An experienced Lemon Law lawyer will use all his knowledge to identify lemon car problems and get the best outcome for you.

What is covered by the Lemon Law?

Cars, light trucks (one ton and under), motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, yachts, and RVs are covered by the Lemon Law. The Lemon Law covers even used vehicles while they are under the manufacturer’s original warranty.

What if my vehicle is older than 12 months or has more than 12,000 miles on the odometer?

This law applies to vehicles regardless of how old they are or how many miles they have on the odometer as long as the first problem was reported with the original warranty period. A good Lemon Law lawyer will identify your options and assist you to tackle ‘’lemon’’ car issues in an effective way.

How many repair attempts are considered “reasonable” for the lemon law to apply?

This number varies from case to case. Sometimes 2 repair attempts are enough. This number depends on the seriousness of the issue. If the problem is not obvious to be a life-threatening one, 3 or 4 repair attempts might be required. On some more serious defects, 2 repair attempts may be enough to meet the statutory requirements.

What am I to do if I discover a defect?

The first thing to do is to get in touch with an experienced lawyer who will take the necessary steps to make the manufacturer repair the vehicle at no cost within the reasonable amount of time. The reasonable amount of time is either three repair attempts for the same defect or 30 days (not necessarily consecutive) out of service for repair.

What happens if the manufacturer is unable to repair the defect?

If the manufacturer fails to repair the defect after the reasonable amount of attempts, then he has the option to replace the vehicle, rescind the agreement and refund the full purchase price of the vehicle to the consumer.

Do I need a Lemon Law attorney?

It is highly recommended to consult an experienced Lemon Law attorney if you have a lemon vehicle. As the manufacturer or dealer can deny any liability connected to the defected vehicle or suggest a settlement that is below what the case is really worth it is advisable to turn to a Lemon Law lawyer for help. The experienced Lemon Law attorneys like the ones working at the Margarian Law firm can protect your interests, whether it is out of court settlement or going to trial.

How much will it cost to hire a Lemon Law attorney?

No need to worry about the cost of hiring a California lemon law attorney. Lemon Laws contain a “fee-shifting provision”, meaning that if you win or settle your case, the attorney’s fees are paid for by the manufacturer. You will not be charged any out-of-pocket legal fees if you trust your case to the Lemon Law attorneys at the Margarian Law firm, as they focus on recovering compensation from the manufacturer or dealership. Besides, the great thing is that you can receive an initial legal consultation for free.