Just as lemon leaves a sour taste in your mouth, a ‘’lemon’’ car leaves sour experience in your life. ‘’Lemon’’ is a term used to describe a defective and faulty vehicle that may impact your safety. Among the huge number of car accidents in the US, the percentage of ‘’lemon’’ cars involved in the accident is really high. The major defects that make a vehicle to be considered a ‘’lemon’’ include airbag defects, engine problems, faulty steering, sudden loss of power and so on. In case you find yourself with a lemon car, be sure that you are protected by the lemon laws of your state. State and federal lemon laws are designed to provide protection for consumers who purchased vehicles under warranty which end up being defective. California has one of the strongest and pro-consumer lemon laws in the US. The California Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles that are sold or leased in California and come with the manufacturer’s warranty:
- Cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
- The chassis, chassis cab, and drivetrain of a motorhome.
- 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 are my rights under the California Lemon Law?
If you have purchased or leased a warranted new or used vehicle in California that appeared to be defective, your consumer rights are protected under California Lemon Law. If the manufacturer of the warranted vehicle is unable to repair the defective vehicle in a reasonable number of repair attempts, then it should repurchase or replace the vehicle. The manufacturer is also reliable for paying for the damages the consumer suffered, as well as his/her attorney fees and costs. The reasonable repair attempts depend on the seriousness of the defect. Though one or two repair attempts are considered reasonable for serious safety defects, California’s Lemon Law Presumption contains special guidelines for determining when a “reasonable number” of repair attempts have been made. No single repair attempt must take more than 30 days unless circumstances beyond the manufacturer’s control cause the delays.
You can get the following remedies if you found yourself with a lemon car in California:
- Repurchase of the defective car
- Replacement of the defective car
- Cash settlement
- Payment of the consumer’s reasonable attorneys fees and costs.
An experienced California Lemon Law attorney will help you understand your consumer rights in case you found yourself with a ‘’lemon’’ and guide through the whole legal process. The qualified and knowledgeable Lemon Law attorneys at the Margarian Law firm will evaluate your situation and make sure you receive the remedy that you are entitled to under California’s lemon laws.