Basics of California Lemon Law

Guidance from Our California Lemon Law Attorneys

California State’s lemon laws are set in place to focus on the protection of the vehicle consumer rights. If you have recently purchased a lemon, a new or used vehicle that does not meet the promises made by the warranty. This would include a vehicle that came with a guarantee that it would be free from defect for a time, but after many repair attempts is still defective.

The state’s laws show that a manufacturer is required to replace the defective product or provide a refund to the consumer after unsuccessful repairs have been attempted. You should remain aware of your rights under California’s lemon laws and take necessary action if they have been disregarded.

Lemon Law

Holding the Liable Party Responsible

In most circumstances, the manufacturer of the lemon vehicle has the ultimate responsibility to replace the defective part, replace your vehicle, or refund your purchase price on for the vehicle. The owner of a lemon has the right to have their vehicle repurchased, and the manufacturer has the responsibility to initiate an appropriate offer to the consumer after a number of unsuccessful repair attempts have been made by their repairing agent, the dealership.

If the manufacturer of your vehicle has failed or refuses to offer a replacement or refund, then you may have the right to file a civil action. With legal guidance from our California lemon law lawyers, you can maximize your chance to win a lemon law case in a court of law. In such cases, the manufacturer may be required to:

  • Pay the consumer's damages
  • Provide a replacement or refund
  • Pay a "civil penalty" in addition to the consumer's damages

If you have a lemon, we encourage you to seek recourse from the dealer/manufacturer who sold you the vehicle by securing legal guidance from one of our California lemon law attorneys. Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to find out whether your vehicle can be classified as a lemon under the California lemon law and consumer protection act known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.

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