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January 28, 2015

How Does the 'Lemon Law' Work in California?

Nobody wants to be caught with a vehicle they have bought that doesn't work properly. Both new and used cars, trucks, RVs and motorcycles can sometimes have issues, and when you are the owner of such a thing, it is only right that you should want a replacement, free repairs, or compensation. In California, state law that has been in place since 1984 is designed to help you if you find yourself with a vehicle you have tried to fix numerous times without being able to get rid of the quality issues. Here we take a look at California’s lemon law and how you can use it if you have a faulty automobile.

What Is The Lemon Law?
The lemon law applies to vehicles and other products of significant value (such as boats) that have defects which the manufacturer has had an opportunity to fix several times. While this may sound a little vague, this is because every case varies. Usually, when someone invokes the California lemon law with a view to getting a replacement vehicle or compensation after buying a faulty item, they will have the chance to demonstrate that the item is faulty, and the manufacturer will have the chance to appeal that they should have more chances to fix the item. This will be decided by a judge or arbitrator, who will decide whether the item has had sufficient chances to be put in full working order or not. If they decide that the vehicle is indeed a lemon, and that the attempts to repair it have been sufficient, then the owner of the vehicle wins the case and the manufacturer will be ordered to give them a replacement or suitable compensation.

Starting Lemon Law Proceedings

If you have a lemon vehicle or boat, the first thing to question is whether you have given the manufacturer what you deem to be adequate chances to fix it. While it may be a pain taking your car or other vehicle to be repaired because it had faults from the outset, by law the manufacturer does need to have a chance to put things right before you can try and take legal action against them. If you are satisfied that your circumstances meet those conditions, then you should start action by talking to a lawyer from a California lemon law center. They will be able to assess your circumstances and give you a quote in terms of how much it should cost and how long it should take to get a resolution from your case. When you initiate conversation with a lemon law lawyer, you should have all of the paperwork surrounding both your purchase of the lemon item with you, as well as documentation of the repairs you have had attempted on it. Warranty documentation can also be important, and the more you have to hand, the easier it will be for your prospective lawyer to get to grips with your case.
Nobody should have to suffer through life with a lemon for a car, so if you are unhappy with the quality of a vehicle you have purchased, you should try using the California lemon law to help you.


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