Is Your Vehicle a “Lemon”?
If you have recently purchased a new vehicle or a vehicle under warranty and it is spending more time at the dealer or mechanic than in your driveway, you may have a lemon. A “lemon” is a term used to describe a new vehicle or a vehicle under warranty that has problems, repeatedly breaks down or is defective despite numerous attempts at repair.
For consumers, a lemon is an incredibly frustrating experience. When you purchase a vehicle, you place your trust in the dealership and manufacturer that the vehicle will perform as advertised. When it does not, you are entitled to give your car back and be reimbursed for the monies you paid for the defective vehicle.
If you think your vehicle is a lemon, call Sahar Malek Law to find out more about California’s lemon law and your legal rights.
What is the “Lemon Law?”
Formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California’s Lemon Law requires dealerships to protect consumers from lemons. If your vehicle is a lemon, under the Lemon Law, you may be entitled to reimbursement of your down payment and monthly payments or may be able to have your vehicle replaced at the expense of the manufacturer.
In order to qualify for protection under the Lemon Law, you must meet certain qualifications, however. The guidelines in California include:
- Your vehicle has been repaired at least four times for the same defect while under factory warranty.
- Your vehicle has been repaired at least twice for a safety defect that could potentially cause serious injury or death.
- Your vehicle has been out of service for 30 cumulative days while under factory warranty.
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