After making a major purchase like a new car, not many in California want to deal with the hassle of repairs. In fact, one reason why many consumers opt for new cars rather than used is because they want a reliable vehicle that will not cost them money to fix in addition to making car payments. Nevertheless, from time to time, a new car may bring frustration and inconvenience because it needs constant repairs. A vehicle like this may fall under California's Lemon Law.
The Lemon Law outlines the factors that qualify a car for lemon status. If a consumer's car is deemed to be a lemon, the law requires the dealer to buy back the vehicle or replace it. However, a car buyer who suspects his or her car is a lemon must follow the guidelines of the law carefully. Those who purchase a car to use as a family or business car may qualify if the car was purchased within an original warranty from the manufacturer. Any problem the buyer has with the car must occur within 18 months of purchase or before driving it 18,000 miles.
If the problem takes more than 30 days to repair, there's a good chance the consumer is dealing with a lemon. However, the owner may have to take the car for the same repair numerous times without satisfaction. This may also qualify the car as a lemon.
Those in California who suspect they have purchased a lemon would do well to keep careful records of the problem, including attempts at repairs. Despite the evidence that the car is a lemon, an owner may have difficulty obtaining satisfaction under the Lemon Law. This is why the assistance of an experienced attorney may be of great benefit.
Source: jiffylubesocal.com, "So You Bought a Lemon, Now What?", Accessed on Oct. 16, 2017