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California Lemon Law

Lemon laws provide a remedy for purchasers of cars that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. Even if your car is now out of warranty, you may still be entitled to a new car or refund under the lemon law if your problems started during your warranty.   
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Electrical System
  • Diesel Engine Issues
  • Vibrations
  • Rattles
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Why do they call defective cars "Lemons"?

They are called "lemons" because they are considered worthless and have a reputation for leaving a sour taste stemming from the experience of having to deal with a defective car which constantly has to go to the shop for warranty repairs. 

What are the Lemon Law Requirements to Qualify for a New Car or Refund?

Any vehicle may be considered a "lemon" if it has been returned repeatedly to the dealer for the same repair.  Your right to return the car for a full refund or a new replacement vehicle is triggered when the dealer has had a reasonable opportunity to repair the vehicle under warranty and the defect causes a substantial impairment in use, value or safety of the vehicle.

Common defects which would qualify a vehicle under the lemon law include problems with the engine, transmission, brakes, steering, water leaks, check engine light, unusual vibrations and rattles, as well as numerous other problems.  

Call 888-80-LEMON to speak directly to an experienced California Lemon Law Attorney to learn if the symptoms you have been experiencing  with your defective vehicle entitle you to a refund or new vehicle under the California Lemon Law.

How long does the California Lemon Law buyback process take?

Most cases are resolved outside of the court system and settle in as little as 60 days.  If a case goes to court, it can take an extended period of time to receive a trial date from the judge, depending on how many other cases are pending at the time your case is filed.  You can call us to receive an estimate of the time it should take to recover in your particular case. 

What happens when they take back my car under the California Lemon Law?

When a manufacturer takes back a car under the California Lemon Law, it must brand the title with a notice of it's status as a "Lemon".  When a vehicle is taken back by the manufacturer under the California Lemon Law it immediately loses market value due to its manufacturing defect.  Sometimes these defects can be life threatening, such as a defect which interferes with the driver's ability to control or operate the vehicle (brake, steering, transmission and engine related problems) or possibly create a risk of fire or explosion (electrical system, fuel delivery, engine and exhaust system malfunctions).

Other "Lemon" buyback vehicles have defects which are less severe, such as a radio which does not work, or excessive rattles or noises which do not impact the safety of the vehicle, and make them suitable for resale at auction. These cars are sold at a significant discount due to their "Lemon" status and eventually wind up in the driveway of somebody who is willing to put up with these unusual characteristics because they purchased the car far below market value.  It is the manufacturer, not the original or subsequent owners of the vehicle, which must bear the loss in value of the vehicle through the California Lemon Law buyback and refund process.

If you believe your new vehicle has lost substantial value, or has characteristics which make it unsafe to drive, it is important you seek a legal consultation with an attorney experienced in handling California Lemon Law cases.  You may need enforcement of the California Lemon Law to help protect you from getting stuck with a "Lemon".  Call 1-888-805-3666 for a free consultation.

Lemon Law Consumer Responsibilities

In order to establish you have performed your lemon law obligations as a consumer seeking a lemon law refund or replacement vehicle, it is important to show the dealership was given a "reasonable opportunity" to repair your vehicle (i.e., three or four warranty repair attempts).

Every visit to the dealership for warranty repairs should result in a Repair Invoice  generated by the dealership.  This document should include the date of the repair, mileage on the odometer at the time of repair, description of the consumer's complaint regarding a defect item, and a detailed explanation of the service technician's efforts to diagnose and repair the problem.

Sometimes dealerships routinely document additional facts and circumstances on the Repair Invoice, which can give the impression the consumer was not acting reasonably in their request for warranty repair work, which made it difficult or impossible for the service technician to properly diagnose or repair the vehicle.  Here are some situations which should be avoided, if possible:  Failing to show up for scheduled repair appointment.  Although providing capable and courteous service to consumers is the primary responsibility of the dealership or manufacturer, the process is still a two-way street if it is to be successfully accomplished.  Not understanding how to properly operate equipment or features of the vehicle.   Some features included in modern vehicles can be complex, and, sometimes, difficult to operate without a thorough understanding of the instructions contained in the Owner's Manual.  Examples include climate control systems, audio/navigation systems, suspension and transmission performance enhancement features, and power door locks, just to name a few.  Before going to the dealership to request warranty repairs, it may be a good idea to review the relevant sections of the Owner's Manual to be sure the problem you are experiencing is not due to "operator error" which may be noted on the Repair Invoice for that visit to the dealership.  I routinely advise consumers to read their Owner's Manual cover-to-cover and to bring it with them to the dealership with a sticky note on the pages which describe the operational characteristics of a feature they are having issues with.  If the dealership claims you are not operating the vehicle correctly or doing something to cause the problem, ask the dealership Service Adviser to show you the section in the Owner's Manual which explains the proper operation of the feature in question.    

If you feel you are driving a "lemon" car or truck, we can provide a full evaluation of your case for free.  Just call 1-888-805-3666 to discuss your options under the California Lemon Law.

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Important information Concerning Your Dealership Repair Invoices....

These are the most important documents for your case under the California Lemon Law and should be kept in a safe place.  Never leave Repair Invoices in your vehicle's glove compartment as they have a tendency to disappear when cars are returned to the dealership for additional warranty repairs.

Whenever you take your car to the dealership for warranty repairs, you should make sure that all the information contained on the Repair Invoice is correct.  For example, you should check to see if the defects you reported to the service adviser at the dealership are written exactly as you have stated them and that the Repair Invoice correctly state the date you dropped off the car and date you picked it up, because every day it is in the shop for warranty repairs adds to your case.  Additionally, you check to ensure the vehicle mileage indicated on the Repair Invoice is also correct. 

If you do not have all of your Repair Invoices in your possession, you can stop by the dealership's service department and request duplicate copies of your Repair Invoices.