Purchasing a new or used vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases consumers make. Unfortunately, it is common for consumers to experience problems that affect their vehicle’s safety, use or value.
To protect consumers who purchase defective vehicles, known as lemons, the Lemon Law was put in place at the federal and state level. Most notably, California has implemented one of the strongest lemon laws in the nation.
The law defines a lemon as a vehicle that cannot be repaired under warranty after a “reasonable number of attempts.” Some of the most common problems with lemons include frequent oil leaks, sudden stops, shuddering and jerking, lack of acceleration and the check engine light turning on.
In California, if a consumer has a lemon (even if they are no longer possession of the vehicle), they are entitled to a large cash settlement, reimbursement for their vehicle costs or a cash buyback of their vehicle. Furthermore, if a consumer wins their case, the manufacturer is required to pay their attorneys’ fees and costs.
For more information, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the California Lemon Law.