When someone buys a new or almost new car, they expect that it will run reliably and not need constant repairs. When a car repeatedly breaks down or has other problems despite numerous repair attempts, it is known as a lemon. Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, which is commonly known as the “California Lemon Law,” dealers are required to protect consumers from purchasing a lemon.
If a car is sold as new, leased, or sold as used when it is still under warranty, the lemon law applies. If a dealer cannot fix a car that is having problems within a reasonable number of attempts, they must either replace or repurchase the car. What is considered to be a reasonable number of attempts depends on whether the car is brought in for the same issue or different problems and what types of steps the dealer took to ensure that further repairs would not be needed.
Unfortunately, some dealers do not honor the lemon law or may try to make it difficult for consumers to exercise their lemon law rights. They may falsely claim the lemon law doesn’t apply, blame the consumer’s driving habits, or try to cause delays until the consumer gives up or the lemon law no longer applies.
Consumers who suspect that their car may be a lemon should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The law places limits both on the age of the car and its mileage. The warranty must also still be valid. Failing to bring a lemon law claim in a timely manner could result in difficulty proving that the lemon law applied or even the complete denial of the claim.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced Beverly Hills, CA, lemon law attorney call Sahar Malek Law, APC today.