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What qualifies for the California Lemon Law?

How Does a Car Qualify for the Lemon Law?

If you purchased a defective car, truck, SUV, RV or other vehicle that spends more time with a mechanic than it does with you, we understand how frustrating that can be. After your third or fourth repair attempt, you may have realized that you bought a lemon. So, what qualifies for the California lemon law? Fortunately, California has a strong lemon law that looks favorably on consumers as long as you can prove that the vehicle’s defect is...


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Can you return a car you just bought?

Can you return a car you just bought?

If you purchase a new car and then experience buyer’s remorse in California, you don’t have a lot of options. The terms of new car sales contracts are very strict (you may have more luck cancelling a used car purchase). Most car dealers do not allow you to back out of a purchase agreement after you sign on the dotted line. With new car purchases, there is no automatic “cooling off period.” The only way out for most people is to plead the...


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What type of authority does the lemon law statute have in California?

What type of authority does the lemon law statute have in California?

The lemon law statute in California has a great deal of authority. In fact, it is one of the most powerful lemon laws among all states in the nation. The purpose of the California Lemon Law is to provide legal recourse to consumers who’ve purchased defective vehicles and to protect consumers from aggressive and sometimes unethical vehicle sales tactics. The California Lemon Law holds manufacturers liable for the quality of the vehicles the...


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How Many Repairs Before a Car Is a Lemon?

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California’s Lemon Law provides legal recourse to motorists who have purchased defective vehicles. The law offers remedies to consumers, including a manufacturer buyback, a replacement vehicle or, in some cases, a cash settlement. But a vehicle owner must first prove that they’ve actually purchased a lemon. You may be asking yourself, “How many repairs before a car is a lemon?” The answer depends on the danger and safety threat that t...


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How Safe Are Electric Cars?

Electric Cars

If you’re wondering how safe are electric cars, you’re not alone. A record number of people are snapping up Teslas and other electric vehicles, and EVs are among the most popular cars on the road today. But some owners want to know if EVs are as safe as their internal combustion engine counterparts. The short answer is yes, but let’s take a closer look. A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Read More

What can affect a lemon law claim?

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There are several factors that can affect a lemon law claim. California law is clear that you must be able to check certain boxes before initiating a lemon law claim. Some of these factors include:

  • Nature of the defect
  • New or used vehicle
  • Statute of limitations
  • Proof of repair attempts
  • Quality and skill of your attorney...


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What Voids the Lemon Law in California?

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While the California Lemon Law is clearly designed to protect consumers, there are certain instances in which a manufacturer may not be required to repurchase or replace a defective vehicle.  The most obvious instance is when a vehicle becomes defective because of abuse and neglect by the owner.  For example, if an owner never changes the oil or has wrecked the vehicle in an accident, the manufacturer is not liable when the veh...


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When is a Car a Lemon?

A Man Fixing his car | Lemon Law Attorneys

You’ve probably heard the slang term “lemon” thrown around in conversation when a person is referring to a product, vehicle or deal that turned out to be a dud.  But in all seriousness, you may be looking for a more specific definition when you ask yourself: “When is a car a lemon?” Turns out California has a very specific definition and series of criteria when...


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What is the average lemon law settlement in California?

A woman with a broken down car | California Lemon Law Attorney

We’re often very excited when we buy a new car and have dreams of all the places we’ll go – a day at the beach, a weekend of skiing, or a family getaway.  That’s why it’s so frustrating if you discover that your new vehicle does not work as it should or has a chronic defect. Luckily, California has a very consumer friendly Lemon Law – The Song-Beverly Act – that provides you with a legal remedy if you can prove your car is a lemon...


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