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Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, more commonly referred
to as the California
was passed into state law over 26 years ago in order to
provide relief to buyers of problematic vehicles in the
State of California. The California
applies to vehicles that were purchased or leased in the
state of California wherein the auto dealerships have been
unable to repair the vehicle within the warranty period
after being given a reasonable number of opportunities
(statutory specifics apply). For qualifying vehicles,
the automobile manufacturer must take the vehicle back as a
“lemon”, or replace the vehicle with a comparable model
(if leased or purchased new) keeping the current lease or
loan in place. A replacement vehicle under the California
only occurs if both consumer and
manufacturer agree to a replacement.
California Lemon Law covers cars, trucks, SUV’s, vans,
motorhomes, scooters and more.
law protects consumers by making the automobile
manufacturer pay your attorney fees.
law holds automobile manufacturer’s accountable for
multiple failed warranty repairs.
website gives you a complete understanding of the law,
and how to make it work for you.
consumers do not know that there is a lemon law, nor
that they qualify for protection.
You are entitled to your money back, including down-payment and monthly payments, as well as a payoff of the existing loan or lease balance.
Lemon Law also requires that the automobile
manufacturer pay for the consumer's hourly attorney's fees
and costs on a lemon law case. This makes the lemon
law economically feasible for those who would otherwise not
be in a position to hire an attorney.
California Lemon Law can cover any new or used vehicle that
still has a manufacturer’s limited warranty still in
effect. Many consumers who have purchased “manufacturers
certified pre-owned” used cars do not know that they have
the same rights under the California lemon law as do buyers
of new vehicles. Some buyers purchase used vehicles without
even knowing that the vehicle may even have been a
“manufacturers certified pre-owned” to the previous
owner, which is applicable to the present owner! Many
vehicles have “hidden” or “secret” power-train
warranties that a used car buyer does not readily know
about. Your lemon law attorney can get this information as
part of your lemon law case.
consumers purchase from the dealer what they believe to be
an “extended warranty”. This is a misnomer in the state
of California. With the exception of one German high-end
manufacturer, every other “warranty” that is
administered by the dealer (whether factory or secondary
market) is a “Service Contract”, and NOT applicable to
California Lemon Law. Dealers *call* these “extended
warranties”, as do consumers, but they are NOT.
problems with dealer-installed, non-factory
parts/accessories like alarms, wheel/tire packages, glass
etch, paint protection, fabric protection, custom grilles,
spray-in bed liners
(for trucks), DVD/entertainment systems, custom paintwork,
truck lift kits, and the like in regards to California Lemon
Non-factory items installed by the dealer are a matter
between the DEALER and the CONSUMER, and not a
responsibility of the automobile manufacturer. If
a manufacturer agrees to repurchase or replace the vehicle
under the California Lemon Law statute, the consumer does
NOT receive any monetary reimbursement/ compensation for
these items, as they are outside of how the vehicle was
“as built” from the factory. Consumers are allowed (if
no cosmetic damage/holes/etc. are left behind) to remove and
keep these items, but if factory items were originally
involved, then when the aftermarket (non-factory) item
is/are removed by the consumer, the OEM (original part) must
be purchased by the consumer and installed in place of the
aftermarket item so that the vehicle is returned
(surrendered) in “as built” condition. Also, vehicles
must be returned with no cosmetic damage, worn-out tires,
compromised windshield, scraped alloy wheels, etc. “Normal
wear and tear” is acceptable, but varies in degree of
interpretation by each automobile manufacturer. A good
“rule of thumb” is the vehicle is inspected much like
when a leased vehicle is checked-out at the end of the
lease. The consumer, at the consumers sole expense, must
correct the deficiencies/damage prior to returning
(surrendering) the vehicle.
California Lemon Law claim/case is best left to the lemon
law attorney, who is best equipped to deal with the
automobile manufacturer by using and enforcing the word
“law” behind the phrase “California Lemon Law”.
Utilizing a lemon law attorney “levels the playing
field” between consumer and manufacturer, and distances
the consumer from the frustration of having to deal with automobile manufacturers, who would otherwise be happier if there were no California Lemon Law at all.
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