When you lease or purchase a new vehicle, it shouldn’t have any problems.
You shouldn’t have to worry about it breaking down, and you shouldn’t
have to worry about it being a safety concern. But what if your new vehicle
is causing you problems and you keep having to bring it back to the dealership
Fortunately, lawmakers passed the
Lemon Law, which protects consumers who buy or lease vehicles with serious
warranty defects that the dealer or manufacture have been unable to repair, despite repeated
attempts. The key words here are “warranty defects.”
The Lemon Law & Warranty Defects
California’s Lemon Law specifically protects consumers from
warranty defects. In some circumstances, a consumer may be entitled to a replacement or
a full refund of their vehicle. How is this possible? Because, California’s
Lemon Law requires that automotive manufacturers adhere to their express
manufacturer’s warranty. If they cannot fix a problem after making
reasonable attempts, the manufacturer must replace the defective vehicle
or buy it back from the consumer at the full purchase price.
According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, “The
California Lemon Law applies throughout the duration of the vehicle manufacturer’s
original warranty period.” If you’re not sure how long this
is, you can check your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty manual,
which will explain the warranty period for your particular vehicle.
The Lemon Law applies to the following new vehicles:
- Leased and purchased new vehicles.
- New vehicles purchased or leased for personal use.
- New vehicles that weight less than 10,000 pounds and are used for business purposes.
- Dealer-owned vehicles, including “demonstrators” that are sold
with the manufacturer’s new car warranty.
Note: New motor vehicles do not include motor homes or motorcycles.
Do you suspect that you purchased or leased a lemon? To determine if you
have a claim,
contact our office for a
free case evaluation with a
California Lemon Law attorney.