California Lemon Law Basics
Lemon laws in California are established for the protection of vehicle consumer rights. Under these laws, you are permitted legal recourse if you purchased or leased a defective motor vehicle, otherwise known as a lemon. If your recently obtained a new or used motor vehicle and it does not meet the promise made by manufacturer's warranty i.e. that it would be defect free for a promised length of time, after many attempts at repair, then the automobile may be considered a lemon.
State law provides that a manufacturer must replace the defective product or refund the consumer's money after a number of unsuccessful repair attempts. It is important to know your rights under California's lemon law, which requires manufacturers to correct the problem. Schedule a free case evaluation today to find out how our California lemon law attorneys can help you with your case.
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.