How Does The California Lemon Law Define A Valid Car Warranty?

How Does The California Lemon Law Define A Valid Car Warranty?

The California Lemon Law is aimed at protecting consumers by covering certain car warranties in the event of a defect within the warranty period. To ensure that your warranty remains valid, it must meet minimum standards set forth under California Civil Code Section 1793.2

The following are requirements for valid vehicle warranties:

A written warranty statement must be provided to you before or with the purchase. The language in the statement should cover many important issues, such as who provides services and what kind of repairs will be covered under warranty;

The duration of the warranty cannot expire less than one year from the date of delivery of your new vehicle; An express warranty is defined as a manufacturer’s obligation to repair or correct a defect on a motor vehicle without having to prove negligence or fault on the part of the manufacturer (this means that no proof is needed to show that you were negligent in some way);

Warranty Repairs

Warranty repairs must be performed by a California-licensed mechanic.

You must submit warranty claims within certain time periods. Under the California Lemon Law, if your vehicle fails to operate for more than one hour during its first 24 months or has been out of service for 30 days or more during any 12 month period after the delivery date, you may claim it as a lemon.

 If you have had two repair visits and also need to take your car in for a third time under warranty, we recommend waiting until at least the fourth visit before submitting your car as a lemon. Additionally, if your car has been out of service due to warranty repairs for 15 or more days during the first 18 months after delivery, you may be eligible for a partial refund under California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

These rules apply to both express and implied warranties. During your warranty period, it is vital that you keep records of all work done on your vehicle under warranty because this will be the only way you can prove that you used due diligence in pursuing repair efforts, should your case end up in court (which we hope does not happen).

The Revocation Of Warranties

The revocation of warranties is one of the most frustrating parts of being a vehicle owner. Whether the defect was caused by negligence or manufacturing error, you are often left with the choice of having to pay for expensive repairs out-of-pocket or taking no action. If you feel like this might be your situation, you should immediately contact an experienced Lemon Law lawyer. 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles warns vehicle owners about signing an agreement that says they will not make a warranty claim on their car, but there may still be hope.

You may contact Scott Law Group P.C. if you have defective products that are covered under warranty, but your warranty is at risk of being revoked. Give us a call at (619) 345-5599 to avail of our services in San Diego, CA.


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