Auto Buying Guide: Know Your Legal Rights!

by Aryn Plax

Aug 9, 2021

As we discussed in previous posts about financial traps and pitfalls in your paperwork, consumers can unknowingly waive their legal rights or misunderstand their legal protections. If nothing else, consumers should brief themselves on two things: the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights, which pertains to dealership behavior, and the California Lemon Law, which ensures that manufacturers stick to the terms of their warranties.

The Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights, in short, pertains to vehicle sales taking place at California-licensed dealerships. It requires that dealerships provide lists of what the consumer will pay for, such as insurance and warranties, and the consumer’s credit score. This Bill of Rights ensures that consumers can make informed decisions about their vehicle purchases.

The California Lemon Law gives consumers a way to hold automakers accountable if the vehicles do not conform to the expectations of the issued warranties. Under the California Lemon Law, vehicles may have implied warranties and express warranties issued by the automaker.

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When automakers fail to abide by the guarantees set in these warranties, consumers may be able to recover cash compensation, a replacement vehicle, or a lemon law buyback.

On our Practice Areas page, we explain the possible qualifications for consumers under the California Lemon Law, which is among the strongest state consumer protection and product liability laws in the United States. If you’re asking yourself “do I have a lemon?” read further on California Lemon Law and learn exactly what kind of remedies you may be awarded.

If you have any legal questions regarding the California Lemon Law, feel free to fill out the form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.