How Does A Lemon Law Lawsuit Work In California?

How Does A Lemon Law Lawsuit Work In California?

The California Lemon Law is a consumer protection law designed to ensure that consumers receive goods as advertised and in working condition. In addition, it is intended to provide the public with a speedy resolution of warranty disputes.

The lemon law states that when a car suffers from repeated nonconformities within 18 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first) of delivery to the original buyer, then they are legally entitled to a replacement vehicle.

In a lemon law case, your vehicle is called the “subject vehicle.” To qualify as a lemon under California’s Lemon Law, your vehicle must have experienced one or more significant problems during the term of your manufacturer’s warranty. The problem must substantially hinder the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Also, you must have taken reasonable steps to get it repaired but still be unsuccessful.

Finally, these problems cannot be caused by damage from an accident, road hazard (such as potholes), neglect, or misuse of your car.

If all of these criteria are met, and you’ve been without a working car for 30 days past the time when it should have been fixed, or if you’ve reached 18,000 miles of operation, you’re ready to take the next step. California’s Lemon Law states that if a vehicle is deemed a “lemon” by a court or arbitrator – meaning it fails to conform to its warranty – the manufacturer must repurchase or replace your car with a comparable new car.

In Order To Qualify As A Lemon Under California’s Lemon Law:

  1. A defective automobile has been purchased (or leased); and
  2. The defect either substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the automobile; and 3. The defect persists after several attempts at repair; and
  3. You’ve kept records documenting each attempt (if required). 

Note: It is not necessary for all of these requirements to be met. For example, the manufacturer may replace a defective automobile even though it has not been in your possession long enough for you to make a repair. 

However, the law is structured so that if one requirement is missing, another will usually be met to compensate for it.

You may contact our team of experts to help you through the process of filing your lemon law case. Get in touch with the professionals at Scott Law Group P.C.

Our lawyers have been working in the industry for many years and have lots of experience. Give Scott Law Group P.C. a call at (619) 345-5599 to avail of our services in San Diego, CA, right away!


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