Are you currently dealing with a consumer product such as a car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle or boat that you think is a lemon? More than 150,000 vehicles sold every year in California are lemons! If you have a lemon, you may be entitled to receive a refund, replacement or cash compensation by utilizing your state lemon laws, as well as other federal consumer protection laws. Lemon laws vary by state, so visit the state on the map where you bought your potential lemon. You may seek a free lemon law case review from one of our lemon law attorneys. Do not delay in investigating your claim – time is always of the essence so call us today for a free case review.
Los Angeles, California’s Lemon Laws
Your consumer rights are protected under the California lemon laws and federal lemon laws. These consumer protection statutes provide you with remedies if you purchased or leased a problem vehicle that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of tries.
Why Do We Call These Problem Vehicles “Lemons”?
Way back in the 1800’s, unfriendly folks were described as sour or being like a ‘lemon.’ In 1906, the word ‘lemon’ was first used as slang for a ‘worthless thing.’ As time passed, the word ‘lemon’ began to be used to refer to things that break constantly or are broken or deficient.
How Do California Lemon Laws Work for You?
The manufacturer must either refund the money spent or replace the defective vehicle or other consumer product if it cannot be fixed after a reasonable number of tries. Remember, it is the manufacturer, not the dealer, who is responsible for your ‘lemon vehicle.’ If your vehicle is considered to be a ‘lemon,’ you can choose to have it repurchased or replaced. The manufacturer cannot make you accept a replacement vehicle from them. After a reasonable number of repair attempts, California Lemon Law mandates that the manufacturer provide an appropriate remedy to the lemon-owner, i.e., a refund or a replacement. If the manufacture will not offer a replacement or refund, the owner of the lemon can file a civil suit. Should the consumer win the case, the manufacturer is then required to pay for the consumer’s reasonable attorneys fees and costs.
Incidental Charges, Attorneys Fees and Costs, and Civil Penalties
If your vehicle or other consumer product is a ‘lemon,’ then the manufacturer is also required to reimburse you for all of the costs and expenses related to the problems with the vehicle or consumer good, such as rental car and tow expenses. The manufacturer is also required to pay for your reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. Also, in certain situations, the manufacturer may be liable for a penalty of up to two times the price of the defective goods.
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