Understanding California Lemon Law

The California Lemon Law (officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) is a law that provides protection for consumers who purchase or lease vehicles. If it is established that a motor vehicle is a "lemon" the motor vehicle's warrantor must repurchase or replace the motor vehicle from the buyer.

The California Lemon Law attorneys at The Law Offices of Hutchens & Hutchens have extensive experience ensuring that consumers in Los Angeles are protected from ambiguous or stilted warranties. Whether your case involves a service contract or a certified pre-owned vehicle, we encourage you to contact a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.

Protections Available Under The Lemon Law

Under California's Lemon Law, if you take your new or used car, truck, van, RV, motorcycle, boat or other consumer goods for repair during the manufacturer's warranty period and give the dealer a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle, and if it is not repaired, you may be entitled to money back or a new replacement vehicle at little or no cost to you. What constitutes a reasonable number of attempts depends on the circumstances of each case. A safety-related problem may require only one or two attempts to be considered "reasonable," whereas other types of problems may require more attempts. For example, if the vehicle's brakes fail, one repair attempt may be sufficient to establish a reasonable number. The law also requires the vehicle to have a defect which substantially impairs the vehicle's use, value or safety to you.

Another important factor relevant to determining whether there has been a reasonable number of repair attempts is the number of days the vehicle is out-of-service due to warranty repairs. The more days out-of-service, the better chance of establishing a reasonable number of repair attempts. The lemon law applies if a vehicle has been for a warranty repair for more than 30 days. However, in many cases, a vehicle may qualify under the lemon law if it is out-of-service for less than 30 days based on the nature of the defect.

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If you have further questions regarding California Lemon Law, we invite you to contact The Law Offices of Hutchens & Hutchens to schedule a free consultation. We can be reached by calling 800-608-2510 or by completing our online contact form. We will advance all legal costs through the duration of your case, and we offer services in both English and Spanish.