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California Lemon Law: Overview
The Golden State offers a variety of protections to consumers who have issues with their vehicles. The California lemon law offers car buyers, new and used, the satisfaction that they will be able to drive their vehicle free of safety or even cosmetic issues. If your vehicle has needed one or more repairs, you may be entitled to legal remedies that could include the cost of replacement.
What is the California Lemon Law?
The California lemon law is the common phrase for two separate statutes: the Tanner Consumer Protection Act and the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Both govern the promises that carmakers and dealerships can make to you as well as what rights you have if something goes wrong with your vehicle.
How the California Lemon Law Protects You
The CA lemon law focuses on cars that remain under the manufacturer’s new car warranty, although you may have either purchased the vehicle or leased it. If you believe that you have a lemon, you need to ensure that you have copies of any repair receipts and the issues that you have had with it. Hiring a lemon law attorney should also be a priority when dealing with a lemon.
If the car manufacturer is unable to make the vehicle usable or safe for you, you are eligible for some of the following remedies:
- Repurchase of the vehicle minus the usable value (days you were able to drive the vehicle);
- Replacement of the car, truck or SUV; or
- A cash payment that covers some or all of the above.
When to Hire a Lemon Lawyer in California
Vehicle manufacturers have large legal teams who have the sole goal of ensuring that litigation costs the company as little money as possible. If you have a defective car, truck or SUV, they may offer a settlement or repurchase offer that fails to take into account the hassles that you have experienced while trying to get it fixed.
If you have tried getting repairs more than once or twice for the same issue, consider speaking to a lemon law attorney in California who understands what documentation you need in terms of repair receipts and other paperwork.