Every car comes with its share of problems, quirks and frustrations. Even if the car is new, buyers can learn pretty quickly that may not operate or function exactly as they hoped. While it can be easy to think that these issues make the car a lemon, this is not always the case.
The difference between a flawed car and a lemon comes down to whether the issue or defect is substantial and is not fixed after a reasonable number of repairs. To give you a better idea of the difference between a lemon issue and one that is simply unfortunate, we will examine some common sources of Lemon Law claims in this post.
- Transmission problems, like over-revving or slipping
- Unexplained stalling
- Automatic locks that lock or unlock when they shouldn't
- Headlight failures
- Persistent electrical issues
- Problems with suspension
- Bad ignition timing
- Defective airbags
These should not be issues in new cars, and any car under warranty should be able to be repaired. If this is not the case and the problems are persistent, then you may have a lemon.
As noted in this article from Consumer Reports, there are some signs you can look for before purchasing a vehicle in order to spot any potential problems with a vehicle. However, even the savviest car shopper can be unprepared for or unaware of the problems mentioned above, especially when purchasing a brand new car.
In other words, you should not feel embarrassed or hopeless if you find yourself dealing with the same issue over and over. You can talk to an attorney who understands how frustrating this situation is and how to build a claim under California's Lemon Law. With legal support and guidance, you can seek the refund or replacement you deserve.