In California, the state where the automobile reigns supreme, it is only fitting that the California lemon law be one of the most feared (by manufacturers) and therefore effective lemon laws in the country. Unlike many lemon laws which require that the consumer jump through innumerable hoops or experience repeated defects with their car in an unrealistically short time or mileage period, the California lemon law typically allows for a consumer to pursue a lemon law remedy as long as the car was subject to a reasonable number of warranty repairs, and it also requires the manufacturer to pay the consumer’s attorney fees.
The California lemon law requires only that the car be subjected to warranty repairs, that the manufacturer be unable to fix the car after a reasonable number of repair attempts, that the car be used at least part of the time for personal use, and that the defects complained of substantially impair the car’s use, value or safety to the consumer.
Our California lemon law attorneys can help to determine what constitutes a reasonable number of repair attempts as this really requires a case by case analysis. Generally, under the California lemon law the more severe the problem with the car, the fewer repairs that may be needed to satisfy the reasonable number of attempts requirement. This requirement may also be satisfied if the car was out of service due to warranty repairs for an excessive number of days.
The California lemon law assesses whether the car’s defects substantially impair its use or value or compromises its safety from the view of the consumer who owns and operates the car. Therefore, even though under most circumstances relatively minor defects may not satisfy this element of the lemon law there may be something unique to you or your situation that would satisfy it. Please contact us so that one of our Southern California lemon law attorneys can discuss this aspect of the California lemon law with you.
As stated above, the California lemon law provides an extremely effective remedy for consumers who have experienced warranty repairs with their car. Please do not hesitate to contact our office to speak to one of our California lemon law attorneys with any question that you may have regarding your specific situation. Any advice or actual representation that we provide is done at no cost to you.
Do You Think Your Car Is a Lemon Under the California Lemon Law?
If so, we can help. If you have had repeated repairs to your vehicle or it has been out of service for several days, it may be a lemon and you may be entitled to a cash settlement, refund or a new car. Even if your vehicle does not meet the California lemon law requirements, you may still be entitled to a cash settlement, refund or new car under federal law. These laws can apply to used cars too.
You paid a lot of money for your vehicle and cannot afford to delay in resolving the problems with your vehicle. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to resolve your case. You must act quickly and present your problems to the manufacturer. Our experienced California Lemon Law attorneys are here to walk you through every aspect of the lemon law process and make it quick and easy. Most of all, we can put an end to the headaches with your car.