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How Do I Determine If My Vehicle Is a Lemon?

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  June 10, 2020

Taking your car in for multiple repairs can be incredibly frustrating. Something that the mechanic says was fixed is now broken again, and it seems that you just paid a high price to get it fixed the first time.

If this is the case for you, you may have a lemon on your hands. Under California lemon law, a vehicle manufacturer that cannot repair a substantial defect after a reasonable number of repairs must either replace or repurchase the vehicle.

This is good news for those with car problems, but how do you tell if you are covered by lemon law? In other words, how do you spot a lemon?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself or have an attorney help answer with you.

What Problem Am I Having?

To be considered a lemon, the defect that you are repairing must be for something substantial. By this definition, it must be a defect that impairs you from using your vehicle properly or safely. Common types of substantial defects include those involving:

  • Electrical
  • Air conditioning
  • Transmission
  • Engine
  • Suspension

If you are unsure whether a certain defect qualifies your vehicle as a lemon, speak with an experienced lemon law attorney for free about this matter.

Was I Sold a Warranty?

Your car may have mechanical problems, but it is only considered a lemon if you have a manufacturer’s warranty on the vehicle and the defect falls under that warranty. This can apply to new, used, and leased cars. If the manufacturer fails to fix your vehicle after a “reasonable” number of repairs, it is considered a lemon.

Keep in mind that there is no set guideline for what is considered a “reasonable number” of repairs. Each case is different from the next and the judge or jury looking at your specific lemon law case can find that the number of repairs you had was a “reasonable” number, even if it is different than another person’s number.

Speak With an Attorney for Free

You and your family deserve a safe vehicle. If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, you should speak with an attorney right away. You are protected by California law and we are here to help ensure that those rights are protected.

Since we first opened our doors in 1987, our firm has built a reputation for providing competent, results-driven, and client-focused legal counsel. We offer free case evaluations and can help you gain a clear understanding of your legal options and goals.

You can trust that your lemon law case is in our hands. Contact Norman Taylor & Associates at (888) 449-7639 to get started.

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