Lemon Law: Reasonable Number of Attempts

Anyone who purchases a vehicle has certain rights covered by lemon laws. When a vehicle performs improperly within the warranty period, the law entitles the owner to get compensation for repeating defects.

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (CA lemon law) covers problems with leased or bought new vehicles. In fact, it even covers used cars as long as the defects arise during the warranty period. If the manufacturer/ car dealer cannot repair the vehicle in accordance with the warranty terms and conditions after a reasonable number or attempts, they are required to replace the vehicle or return the purchase price to the consumer. This law doesn’t  because of not following the warranty terms for proper care and maintenance.

Determining a reasonable number of repair attempts depends on how serious the defect is. If it is serious safety defect that can cause death or serious injury, one or two repairs could be considered reasonable or the manufacturer has had a reasonable number of times to fix the defect if the same problem has been repaired four or more times.  Or if the vehicle has been out of service for more than 30days since purchase due to the defect.  California lemon law applies to these problems if they occur within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, whichever expires first, after purchasing the vehicle.

If you feel your car is a lemon you should contact a CA lemon law firm. You should bring all repair documentation to discuss and evaluate the case. They will determine whether the vehicle does fall under the lemon law and what can be done for compensation.

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