The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (or California Lemon Law) protects consumers who either purchase or lease faulty vehicles, motorcycles, and other types of motor vehicles. However, if you are not acquainted with Lemon Laws, it can be incredibly challenging to understand what protections lemon laws offer you as a consumer. In short, lemon laws protect consumers when their vehicle is defective or faulty, resulting in any negative effects that influence the vehicles, use, value, and/or safety. A consumer often proves these negative effects by providing a paper trail that shows they had to take their vehicle into the shop to be repaired an “unreasonable” amount of times during their warranty’s validity period.
The next best option, if you purchased or leased a faulty vehicle in California, is to contact us here at Pacific Coast Lemon Law, Inc. in order to keep you and your passengers safe every time you get back on the road. At Pacific Coast Lemon Law, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best representation to ensure the best possible outcome of their lemon law claim in California. If you think you may have a lemon on your hands or if you are interested in learning more about lemon law in California …
Unfortunately, the word “unreasonable” is incredibly broad and very subjective, so there is no rule that applies to all lemon law cases for what is considered a reasonable or unreasonable amount of repairs to your vehicle. However, you can discuss what an unreasonable repair history looks like based on your specific circumstances if you choose to consult with an experienced lemon law attorney. In general, lemon law attorneys try to determine an unreasonable repair history objectively given your specific circumstances by considering what an “average” person would view as unreasonable. Oftentimes, this number tends to be around 4 repairs, but this does not apply to every lemon law claim.
Lemon law protections in California mandate that manufacturers of faulty vehicles must replace or refund your vehicle (minus an amount called a reasonable usage fee depending on the mileage of your car at the beginning of your repairs). When your manufacturer replaces your defective vehicle, the replacement must be a car model that is substantially similar to the vehicle that is considered a lemon and for which you filed your lemon law claim. In addition to a replacement vehicle or refund, there is potential opportunity for a higher fee paid to you by the manufacturer for something called a civil penalty. The amount for a civil penalty can be up to almost two times the cost of your damages if you successfully prove that the manufacturer of your faulty vehicle deliberately broke the law.
Even if the repairs to your vehicle were at no cost because they were covered under your original warranty, you are still entitled to protections afforded by lemon law in California. This is because whether your car is considered a lemon or not does not depend on the amount you spent on repairs. Instead, the eligibility of your vehicle as a lemon is based on the fact that your vehicle had to be repaired an unreasonable amount of times. It’s important to keep in mind that you may still be legally entitled to file a lemon law claim if your dealership or manufacturer claims that your vehicle is repaired, but you believe that is not the case.
Even though there are two paths to file your lemon law claim with your manufacturer, either in a court of law or in arbitration where an attorney is not required, it is always in your best interest to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced lemon law attorney to help you through the process. Filing a lemon law claim can be a very confusing and stressful process, especially if you are not familiar with the specific legal requirements of filing your lemon law claim in California. At Help With Lemons, we are highly skilled in the lemon law field and we are dedicated to representing you and your best interests either in a court of law or in arbitration. If you are in need of an experienced lemon law attorney to assist with the process of filing your lemon law claim in California, please give us a call at 844-744-0146 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.