For many people, buying a car is an enormous investment in both money and time. Bringing that vehicle home is often an exciting time. Yet that new-car smell can quickly turn sour if the vehicle starts breaking down or otherwise not working as it should. Fortunately, lemon buyers have legal recourse.
At California Lemon Lawyers, APC, we have more than a decade of experience, successfully handling hundreds of lemon cases in Los Angeles and across California, and have obtained more than $10 million in compensation for our clients. We are committed to providing a strong working relationship with our clients, ensuring they know the status of the case and the work we are doing on their behalf.
California's Lemon Law
In the state of California, there are several lemon laws. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act is found in CA Civil Code Section 1790-1795.8. This law addresses implied or written express warranties and lays out what the requirements are for manufacturers of consumer goods. The Tanner Consumer Protection Act is found in CA Civil Code Section 1793.22. This law provides additional protections to consumers under manufacturer’s warranties for the first 18 months after a consumer purchases a car or the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever comes first.
Under the lemon laws, the vehicle manufacturer may be required to buy back or replace your vehicle if they are unable to repair it after a reasonable number of attempts. The protection covers new cars, leased cars, and used cars if there is still time remaining on the manufacturer’s warranty. Cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, and other motorized vehicles fall under this protection. It also covers the chassis, the chassis cab, and the drive train of a motor home. After-market parts, off-road vehicles, and abused vehicles aren’t covered.
The law applies in situations where the problem:
- Is covered by the manufacturer’s new-vehicle warranty
- Substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle
- Is not caused by unauthorized or unreasonable use of the vehicle after the sale
According to the state attorney general, your vehicle may be considered a lemon if:
- You notified the manufacturer about the problem if required by the warranty or owner’s manual
- You have taken the vehicle in for repair by the manufacturer or its agents four or more times for the same problem and it still is not fixed, or two or more times for the same problem (if that problem is big enough to cause death or serious injury) and it still is not fixed
- The vehicle has been out of service for repair for more than 30 days (the 30 days do not need to be in a row)
The statute of limitations in lemon law cases is four years from the date that the consumer realized or should have realized that the product was defective and unable to be repaired by the manufacturer.
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Our team at California Lemon Lawyers, APC can help protect your consumer rights through strategies based on the specifics of your case. Whether your claim is for a breach of warranty, an auto recall, or a used car lemon, we will evaluate your case and fight for your rights.
When we take your case, our Los Angeles lemon lawyer will fight for your legal right to have the manufacturer repurchase the vehicle or replace it. You have the right to choose a refund instead of a replacement.