If you have ever bought a new or used vehicle before, you may be familiar with the concept of a lemon. Though most of today’s automobiles are extremely well-manufactured and able to maintain their performance over a long period of time, there is the occasional car that’s just a dud—or a lemon, as the case may be. If you get a car that’s chronically having problems—if it spends more time in the shop than on the road—then you may indeed have a lemon. That’s obviously frustrating, but it’s more than just an annoyance. Buying a lemon can also be a major drain on your finances.
Fortunately for those in the State of California, however, there are some laws in place to protect consumers from lemons. The first step is to know what these lemon laws are and how they work. To learn more, we invite you to read the rest of this post or simply contact us at Get My Auto directly.
How California Lemon Law Works
Generally speaking, the California lemon laws will cover new vehicles that come with serious defects or problems, for a certain amount of time or until you reach a certain mileage. If you make a certain number of serious attempts to have the vehicle repaired, either at the dealership or by a licensed and reputable mechanic, and it still doesn’t solve the problem, the State of California may provide you with a replacement vehicle of equivalent value, or in some cases just a refund of your initial purchase.
California Lemon Law: Reasonable Number of Attempts
When does a vehicle truly qualify as a lemon, though? The stipulations are basically these:
There is a problem that could result in death or serious injury, and the manufacturer has made two or more unsuccessful attempts to resolve the issue;
The manufacturer has attempted to resolve the warranty problem at least four times;
The vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or more as you attempt to have the warranty problems resolved; and
The problems with the vehicle are not due to abuse from the owner.
Note also that California lemon laws cover vehicles up to 18 months after the purchase or until the vehicle hits 18,000 miles on the odometer.
What is a “Lemon Law Buyback?”
If your vehicle meets the above criteria, it leaves the manufacturer with two basic options—to either provide you with a replacement vehicle of equal value, or to refund your purchase completely. Should the manufacturer not comply, you may have to consult with an attorney to take legal action.
If you are having problems with your vehicle, you live in California, and you think you may have a lemon on your hands, make sure to keep thorough records of all the repair requests that are attempted. To learn more, or to ask specific questions about how lemon laws work, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Get MyAuto.