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In California A Lemon is a Lemon is a Lemon!

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  December 14, 2009

The lemon laundering problem created by manufacturers is not limited to just those vehicle that are formally determined to be lemons in a lawsuit. It includes all vehicles with a history of defect, or known to the manufacturer to be substantially defective. It includes so-called goodwill buybacks and trade assists completed with financial assistance from the manufacturer or its financial arm (such as GMAC, which is affiliated with GM).

It doesn’t matter whether the manufacturer bought back the vehicle due to an arbitration award, a court order, or so-called customer satisfaction. It doesn’t matter what the manufacturer calls it. If it’s a lemon, any potential secondary owner who might end up with the vehicle should be warned. Lives may well hang in the balance.

Some states, including California, already requires title banding and resale disclosure even for goodwill buybacks, in which the manufacturer has never formally acknowledged an obligation to take back the vehicle.

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