When buying a new or used car, it's important for consumers to remember that they have rights. Both new and used vehicles still under the manufacturer's warranty are covered under the California lemon law, giving consumers peace of mind during such a major purchase. If a vehicle turns out to be defective in a way that compromises its use, safety or value, the vehicle owner could be entitled to his money back or a replacement vehicle.
According to the California Office of the Attorney General, a defective vehicle is declared a "lemon" only after a reasonable number of repair attempts have been made and failed to correct the issue. California's lemon law is set in place to help determine how many repair attempts are considered a reasonable amount. This can vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on the severity of the defect.
During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, it is presumed that a vehicle is a lemon if:
- a problem likely to cause harm or death has been subject to repair at least twice and the manufacturer has been notified that the repair needs to be fixed per the vehicle's warranty;
- a problem has been subject to repair at least four times and the manufacturer has been notified that the repair needs to be fixed per the vehicle's warranty; and/or
- a vehicle is out of service for a total of at least 30 days.
California lemon law can be complex, but it is important for consumers to fully understand their rights when purchasing a vehicle. To learn more about how to protect your rights as a consumer, please contact skilled Southern California automobile lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver at the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver. Call (855) 341-2611 today for a free consultation.