California Consumer Attorneys, PC discusses what is considered a California lemon.

Is My Car a California Lemon?

While we’ve all had mechanical and electronic devices with defects that have driven us crazy, defects that affect our cars are often the most intrusive. It is never good news to hear that your car will have to be “in the shop” again for an extended period. When you receive such news about a new, newly purchased or leased car (still under warranty), you will probably begin wondering if your car is a lemon. If you suspect it is, the first thing you should do is get in touch with a lemon law attorney with a reputation for knowledge and integrity. The last thing you need when you are already feeling taken advantage of is a lemon law attorney you can’t trust.

California Lemon Laws

Though state lemon laws vary a bit state to state, in California, typically for a vehicle to be considered a lemon:

  1. Your car must have a “substantial defect or defects;”
  2. The defect or defects must be covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty;
  3. That defect must affect the use, value or safety of the vehicle
  4. Your car must have gone through a reasonable number of repair attempts without success

Failures of the major vehicle systems – brakes, engine, transmissions, vehicle computers, etc. – typically qualify as substantial impairments.  If, on the other hand, your upholstery has a worn spot or your glove box doesn’t open unless you bang it—these defects typically do not qualify as “substantial.” 

Stuck with a Lemon? The Right Lemon Law Attorney Will Help You Make Lemonade

Don’t waste any more time feeling frustrated and helpless. With a capable lemon law attorney at your side, you will have the best chance of receiving the refund or replacement vehicle you deserve.