Step-by-Step Guide to the California Lemon Law
Is my vehicle a "Lemon." How do I get help? How to hire a good lawyer for free?
Am I protected by the California Lemon Law?1. You have to have bought/leased it in California; 2. you have to have bought/leased it for personal use OR bought/leased it for business but only have 5 or fewer business vehicles; 3) the manufacturer's (e.g. Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler, etc.) original new car warranty (or CPO warranty) must still have time/miles left on it -- OR you are having continued problems that you tried to repair under warranty before ithe warranty expired
What is a "Lemon" under California law?A vehicle that has a problem that the manufacturer has failed to fix and that substantially affects the use, value or safety of the vehicle. Rule of thumb: you need to have given the manufacturer (thru its franchised dealer repair shops) at least two tries at repair, or have had the vehicle in the shop for 30 or more days
Key Tips1) call a Lemon Law specialist, they should be free; 2) avoid manufacturer arbitration/mediation: its a trap and a bad result will be used against you in court; 3) if it's not in writing, it didn't happen: always get a written receipt describing your repair attempts; 4) avoid "Lemon Law MIlls": get better service and a real California lawyer by avoiding the big advertisers -- get one that also knows auto fraud law to get you better and faster results for legal violations you didn't even know affect you; 5) use technology (safely) record video and photos of warning lights, problem flare ups, and brakedowns. A picture is worth a thousand words.