Limitations Of Lemon Law In San Diego CA

Limitations Of Lemon Law In San Diego CA

The United States has 4,071,000 miles of roads. Of those, 2,678,000 are paved roadways and 1,394,000 are unpaved. Add to that the fact that California is tied with Texas and Florida for the number of registered vehicles per household (and the three combined have 27% of the nation’s populace within those state’s boundaries). It stands to reason that the vehicle owner of California may run into a car that does not run and drive as it was manufactured to do so.

Buying a new car is an exciting – and expensive – experience. A visit to a dealership, usually following months of research, comparison shopping, and number crunching for budget boundaries, puts the buyer a step closer to vehicle ownership.

Once the right vehicle is selected, it is taken on a test drive to complete the paperwork. The new car owner drives off the lot and heads home behind the wheel.

It’s all an excellent experience to work or drive to a night out with friends – but then something goes wrong. Your car has turned out to be a lemon. 

The 30-Day Test

To classify a car as a lemon, it must have been out of service for 30 days of the first 24 months. 

The reason why the vehicle was out of service should be a defect covered under the original manufacturer’s warranty.

The Severe Safety Hazard Test

Here again, the 24 months or 24,000 miles comes into play. During that period, the car has shown a defect that creates a massive risk of fire or explosion or malfunctions that hazards the driver’s ability to control the vehicle, thus putting the life of the driver and any passengers in great danger. In that case, the car qualifies as a lemon under this test.

What The Lemon Law Does Not Cover

The Lemon Law does extend to more than just vehicles. While there may be product laws that protect consumers in California, this specific law is focused on defective cars to the point of putting the owner’s life in great danger. This does not permit for coverage of other consumer products

Next, the law does not cover repossessed vehicles, non-travel trailers, boats, or farm equipment.

If a car is covered under the law, a few options become available to the vehicle owner. Those options include repair, replacement, and refund. 

The vehicle owner should keep in mind that a refund is given after a formula is applied that considers the number of miles the vehicle has been driven.


Finally, repairs must be conducted that bring a solution to the defect and make sure that the vehicle no longer puts the driver and passengers in danger while driving the car.

If you need a professional lemon lawyer for your case, contact us right away!

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