The Concurs D'LeMon [Our Lemons are not Sweet]

Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau reports on a little competition being held by Hagerty Insurance; called a “Search for America’s Sweetest Lemons.”It sounds like a lot of fun and a chance to get the creative juices flowing.

However, as a California Lemon Law firm we seldom see lemons as sweet. Think Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy. Pictures of people eating this stuff look like it would shred your lips and give you an ice cream headache. A lemon automobile can sometimes do the same to the consumer.

The Hagerty Insurance competition views lemons as seriously ugly cars and they are searching for contestants with the “cheapest, rudest, and crudest junkers.” And while you may want to junk a lemon car, in the legal sense, a lemon could be the finest looking car on the road, if you are lucky enough to get it out of the driveway.

Lemon automobiles deliver equal opportunity misery to consumers. It may be a $15,000 subcompact or a $250,000 exotic roadster. Both of these cars seen from the outside may look fine. Inside, however, is a reminder of why the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” still rings true today. You can’t always protect yourself from buying a car that may turn into a lemon, but you can familiarize yourself with how the California lemon law may protect you.

What makes a lemon car are repeating defects of the same kind: four attempts to correct the defect is the general standard in California, although some cases can be made with fewer repair attempts. When the defect is not repaired, then it’s official, you may have a lemon!

Whether you own a Bentley or a Kia, if your vehicle has defects that the dealership simply cannot seem to repair, call us at Norman Taylor & Associates. Your lemon is not sweet and keeping it may make you feel sour indeed.

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