Do Consumers That Purchase Used Vehicles Receive Coverage Under California’s Lemon Law?

Yes, consumers that have purchased a used vehicle qualify for protection under the California Lemon Law. California’s Lemon Law is a provision that is contained under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, a more general section of California’s laws. This act provides protection to consumers of any product, not just vehicles that were purchased within the state of California with an express written warranty. Where the exact wording of the California Lemon Law may lead consumers to believe that only new vehicles are afforded protection, consumers can be assured that as long as their used vehicle was purchased with an express written warranty, they will receive coverage under the law. Consumers should note, however, that monetary compensation provided for under the lemon law is significantly different for used vehicles than when compared with new vehicles.  Feel free to contact the best lemon law lawyer in San Diego for more information and to explore the option of starting a lemon law case.

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Under the California Lemon Law, consumers of new motor vehicles that display material defects covered under an express written warranty can petition the proper legal authority to receive financial compensation or a replacement vehicle. The precise wording of the lemon law defines a new motor vehicle as a new vehicle bought for or used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. In addition to vehicles used for personal reasons, some vehicles that are used primarily for business may also be covered under this section of the law. Dealer-owed vehicles, demonstrator vehicles, portions of motor homes and all other vehicles sold with an express written warranty are also included within California’s Lemon Law. This wording of the law has lead consumers to understand that only new vehicles are covered under the lemon law, when in fact consumers of used vehicles also receive protection.

When petitioning a court for assistance under the California Lemon Law, consumers are asking the legal authority to enforce a manufacturer’s express written warranty. At the time a vehicle is purchased, an express written warranty provided by the manufacturer will outline specific vehicle components, performance and structure that the manufacturer guarantees are free from defects. Should an issue arise with a component or the vehicle’s performance or structure, the manufacturer is bound by their warranty to address the defect and compensate the consumer. When a conflict results between consumer and manufacturer, a lemon law claim is filed so the proper legal authority can address the matter. Should a consumer of a new or used vehicle fail to obtain an express written warranty at the time of their purchase, they will have no valid claim under the law.

Relief provided under California’s Lemon Law was designed to return the consumer to the position they were in before they purchased the defective motor vehicle. Coverage details are extensive and consumers should be aware that coverage for a new motor vehicle is substantially different from coverage for a used motor vehicle. Generally, consumers of new vehicles are entitled to either a refund of the purchase price of the vehicle or a new vehicle to replace the defective vehicle. These consumers are subject to a discount in financial compensation for the mileage or consumer’s use of the vehicle before it began exhibiting problems. These definitive rules for new motor vehicles may not apply to used vehicles because there is no set formula for determining the value of consumer use for a used vehicle.

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Scott Law Group P.C. May be Able to Help

At our top rated firm, we have over a decade of prior law experience defending Fortune 500 companies in these types of complex cases. Every case is unique and we fight arduously to find a solution to every case and have the courts decide in our clients’ favor. We use our extensive professional experience to find the best positive outcome possible for our valued clients. Some lemon law firms will hand over the case to another law firm if the manufacturer wants to go to trial. But Christian is aggressive and willing to litigate in order to get a favorable result for his valued clients.  Whether you bought or leased a new or used motor vehicle such as a car, truck, motorcycle, SUV or RVs/motor home, let us give you our expert advise. You may have numerous frequently asked questions prior to deciding to pursue a case. Rather than have you try to figure it out for yourself, let us advise you and let’s talk it through. We’ll address any concern and answer any question you may have prior to making any decisions on pursuing a case. We provide statewide service in California.

Rather than try to take on the vehicle manufacturer yourself, call the best lemon law lawyer in San Diego and let Christian Scott, the best attorney in your area give you the professional advice you need regarding a possible case.  We provide statewide service and we offer the best customer service around. Do not hesitate any longer, call now for a FREE case review.  All calls are returned within 24 hours.  Or if you prefer, complete the FREE Case Review Form.  Remember, you have nothing to lose, it’s FREE!

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SCOTT LAW GROUP P.C. represents plaintiffs detailed in the areas served section and across California who have purchased a lemon vehicle, have been seriously injured in an accident or have been a victim of dealer fraud. Examples of dealer fraud include undisclosed repairs or accident damage, undisclosed rental use and changing the terms after the purchase has been negotiated and the car is taken home. If you received a Notice of Intent after your vehicle was repossessed or if you purchased a prior lemon vehicle, we want to hear from you.  We have also provided a lemon law news section where you can reference information regarding this issue. We have over a decade of prior experience defending Fortune 500 companies in these types of cases. We know what corporate America thinks, does and hides and we use that experience to sue auto manufacturers, dealerships, businesses and individuals on behalf of our valued clients to recover damages and rightly compensate them for their losses. We provide excellent legal representation in both English and Spanish (Español). We can evaluate your case via our online Free Case Review form. We are serious. We achieve amazing results for our valued clients. This is who we are. This is what we do and we do it well.

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My wife and I bought a new vehicle as an anniversary present for ourselves. After enjoying the car for a few months, we began to have problems with the vehicle and the manufacturer did not want to respond with the repairs. We decided to call and hire Scott Law Group to assist us in dealing with the manufacturer regarding the major issues we were having with our new car. Christian and his legal team were quick in taking charge and assisting is in a buy back of our vehicle from the manufacturer. My wife and I were so happy that we decided to celebrate our anniversary once again, but without purchasing a new car as a gift this time around. We decided to take a vacation instead. Thanks Scott Law Group for helping us resolve our lemon car issue. This legal team was so helpful and easy to work with.