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CALIFORNIA LEMON LAW AND “REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY TO REPAIR”

Just because your vehicle has a defect doesn’t automatically make it a lemon.  California lemon law only applies if the manufacturer fails to repair the defect after being given a “reasonable opportunity” to repair it.  But what does this really mean? What’s considered reasonable? And when can you move forward with a lemon law claim?...read more

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CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLE CHECKLIST

Certified pre-owned cars are pre-owned vehicles tested to earn a certification from the manufacturer or other certifying authority.  When buying pre-owned vehicles, many consumers look for certified pre-owned cars instead of regular used ones because it’s better than taking a stab in the dark at other pre-owned lots. If a car dealership claims they performed...read more

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Vehicle Problems Not Covered Under Lemon Law

California lemon law offers consumers protection against persistent problems after the purchase of a vehicle. While many vehicle defects are covered under lemon law, there are still a few exceptions.  Vehicle problems that are not covered under lemon law include:  Our experienced lemon law attorney breaks down the types of defects that aren’t covered under...read more

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Is the Lemon Law Limited by Mileage?

When you lease or purchase a new vehicle in the state of California, you’re immediately protected by the state’s lemon law.  This means the car you purchased is expected to be problem-free, safe, and shouldn’t put you or your passengers in any danger. If it turns out you were sold a defective vehicle, the state’s...read more

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Does California Lemon Law Apply to Private Sales?

Purchasing a used car through a private sale has its advantages.  You can usually save quite a bit of money compared to the sticker price at a car dealership, you won’t have to pay any additional fees, deal with pushy sales staff, or spend hours at a dealership signing paperwork.  That said, there is one...read more

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Who Regulates Car Dealerships in California?

In California, we have laws to protect consumers from buying a vehicle that breaks down shortly after driving it off the lot. But what happens to the dealership if they are found to have sold a lemon? To find out, we need to understand who regulates car dealerships in California. The Department of Consumer Affairs...read more

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Do Dealers Have to Disclose a Lemon Before Re-selling?

Can A Dealership Sell You a Former Lemon? Yes, under California law, vehicles that were re-purchased by the dealer as lemons can be re-sold to consumers. These vehicles are typically referred to as Lemon Law buybacks or warranty returns, and there are rules regarding how the dealer goes about re-selling them. Below we review the...read more

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Kia Recalls Nearly 380,000 Vehicles for Potential Fire Risk

Similar to a recent recall by Hyundai, Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 of its vehicles due to potential engine fire risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHRSA), the following Kia vehicles are included in the recall: Short-Circuited Engines in Kia Vehicles The issue is due to a possible short circuit in the hydraulic electronic...read more

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Hyundai Tucson Expands Recall for Engine Fire Risk

Last September, the South Korean auto manufacturer, Hyundai, issued a recall for certain 2019-2021 models of Tucson crossover SUVs due to an electrical short in the car’s computer that could potentially start fires, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The initial recall was for about 180,000 vehicle models. In January, however, the...read more

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