The California Lemon Law
California’s lemon law is designed to protect consumers by requiring car companies and consumer goods manufacturers to repurchase or replace vehicles or products that suffer from warranty defects that cannot be fixed in a reasonable number – usually at least 2 – of attempts.
Warranties categories include express warranty and implied warranty. Express warranties are made in writing, making specific promises about product or vehicle repair. This is the one included in an owner’s manual. An implied warranty is not in writing but happens at the time of the sale, with the manufacturer assuming the responsibility to correct any defect that might occur.
For example, if you buy a car or product that is still under warranty and turns out to be a lemon you are entitled to get a partial or full refund.
The California lemon law requires car companies to pay for the consumer’s attorney’s fees and costs if the customer wins a lemon lawsuit. As a result, all attorney fees are paid for by the car manufacturer, not the consumer.
If you think your car, RV, motorcycle, boat or consumer good might be a lemon, you should contact a lemon law firm near you for a free case evaluation. A lemon law attorney will go over your issues and will determine if you qualify for free lemon law assistance.