With millions of cars relied on by drivers across the country, we depend on our vehicles to function properly and get us to and from where we need to go without breaking down. If you’ve been experiencing a suspicious amount of problems with your vehicle, you may find yourself asking if you have a lemon. The California Department of Consumer Affairs website provides some helpful and important information regarding California lemon law questions and answers, and explains what consumers can do in relation to consumer rights. Here are just a few of the more common California Lemon Law Q & As to get you started:
Q: How do I know if California’s Lemon Law applies to my vehicle?
A: Cars, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs, whether new or used and that came with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty, should qualify in addition to the drive train, chassis, and chassis cab of an RV. Many vehicles purchased or leased primarily for business-use, personal, family, or household purposes also qualify, as well as dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators.
Q: What vehicles do not qualify under the California Lemon Law?
A: Vehicles that have been abused or are not registered under the California Vehicle Code because they are driven off-road do not qualify. After-market parts like those found in “van conversions” also do not apply under the California Lemon Law.
Q: I’ve heard that I have to have four or more repair attempts made before I can utilize the Lemon Law. Is this true?
A: There is no set number of “reasonable” repair attempts that needs to be made; however if the problem with your vehicle is very serious, then a reasonable number of attempts is typically fewer than four, but certainly more than one. The manufacturer has the responsibility of repairing serious warranty problems and is allowed a practical opportunity to do so. If your vehicle’s issues pose the threat of causing serious bodily injury or death if it is driven, and the manufacturer or dealer has made at least two unsuccessful attempts to repair the problem, then this qualifies as a “reasonable” number of repair attempts. This also stands for a vehicle that has been in the shop for over 30 days (not necessarily consecutively) for repair of any problems that its warranty covers.
Q: What do I do if the dealer or manufacturer can’t fix my vehicle?
A: If a serious warranty defect in your vehicle hasn’t been able to be repaired by the manufacturer or dealer after a “reasonable” number of attempts, they should either refund its purchase price or replace the vehicle.
For more information regarding the California Lemon Law, please contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver. As a skilled California lemon law attorney, Howard D. Silver has developed a strong track record of success for his clients since 1987 and has a wide-range of experience in CA lemon law and consumer rights. Call (855) 341-2611 today for a free consultation with a California lemon law attorney.