California Lemon Law
In California a reasonable amount of research should be conducted prior to purchasing a new vehicle. For example, one important factor to consider is the type and duration of the warranty purchased. If you are purchasing a vehicle that may be known for needing extensive repairs, you will want as much coverage as possible from your warranty, minimizing your out-of-pocket expenses towards the cost of repairs. If you discover your new vehicle underwent several attempts at repair, it may be covered under the California Lemon Law.
In California, a lemon law claim requires:
- four attempts to repair the same defect within 18 months from delivery or 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first; or
- the vehicle is out of service for repair of the defect for 30 days or more.
As can be seen from the above, in California, the vehicle has to have the same problem four times in a year and a half. If your vehicle has that many problems in that short a period of time, then surely the vehicle is defective, and as the owner or lessor of the vehicle, you have rights that you should not ignore.
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