Understanding Use, Value, and Safety in California Lemon Law

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When discussing the California lemon law or when a vehicle may be deemed a lemon, three words continually pop up: use, value, and safety. But what do these terms really mean and what are their significance to the lemon law? Here’s one way to explain the terminology:

  • Use – A vehicle is meant to fulfill a very specific purpose: allow the driver to travel from point A to point B. This is the most basic definition of “use” and when a defect prevents a driver from being able to use the car in the way he or she wants, it may be a lemon.
  • Value – The value of a car naturally decreases over time. Older cars are typically worth less than new ones. However, unrepaired defects can lower the value of a vehicle far beyond what it should normally be and can cause the vehicle owner to accept less when selling it.
  • Safety – The most important of the three factors, safety can compromise the occupant’s well being and cause the value of a vehicle to decrease to almost nothing. Defective brakes that don’t stop the car or the car’s engine shutting off on the freeway are classic examples of safety related defects.

San Bernardino lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver has dedicated his career to helping consumers with their lemon vehicles. For more information on how we can help, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON for a free consultation.