Steps to Take If You Think Your Car Is a Lemon
There’s no worse feeling than buying a new product and finding out that it doesn’t work the way it was advertised and you’ve just wasted your money. This is especially true when you’ve bought a new car only to find it’s defective, commonly referred to as having a “lemon.” According to a report put out by the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), some car makes and models are more likely to be lemons than others.
Factors Considered in Determining If a Car Is a Lemon
According to statistics from The Auto Lemon Index Report, about 34,397 lemon law cases were filed in California state courts between 2018 and 2021. In California, consumers who purchase defective vehicles with repeated, unfixable problems may be eligible to seek relief – refund or replacement vehicle – by filing a lemon law case against the manufacturer or dealer. However, various factors are often considered to determine whether a car is a lemon.
Lemon Law for Leased Vehicles
It has been estimated that as many as 150,000 new vehicles sold each year will turn out to be lemons, meaning that repeated repair attempts will fail to correct a substantial defect in the vehicle. Across the nation, states have enacted lemon laws to protect individuals who acquire new vehicles, only to discover defects that keep the vehicle in the repair shop without a successful resolution.
Is Mediation Required for a Lemon Law Dispute?
Everyone has heard the term “lemon” to describe a car that doesn’t work well or breaks down all the time, but many people may not realize that there’s an actual “lemon law” in the state of California to protect consumers when they unwittingly buy a defective car from a manufacturer or dealer. However, just because the car you bought is having some issues doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll qualify for protection under this law.
Can I Demand a Refund Instead of a Replacement Vehicle?
If your vehicle is a lemon because the manufacturer cannot fix a warranty defect after a reasonable number of repair attempts, you are probably aware of your right to obtain a replacement vehicle. But can you demand a refund instead of a replacement vehicle?