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Burbank Lemon Lawyers Protecting Your Consumer Rights
Purchasing a new vehicle should come with peace of mind. The peace of mind that the vehicle’s only needs are to be washed and have basic maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. Sometimes, however, the car starts having problems shortly after driving it off the lot. You bought a lemon.
At CA Lemon Law Firm, our entire practice focuses on protecting the rights of buyers with valid lemon law claims. Our track record of success is a testament to our experience, knowledge, and insight in California Lemon Law.
California Lemon Law
The California Lemon Law, also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, is found in CA Civil Code Section 1790-1795.8. This law addresses implied or written express warranties and lays out the requirements for manufacturers of consumer goods. The Tanner Consumer Protection Act is a provision in Song-Beverly that specifically protects motor vehicle buyers. The act covers the first 18 months after purchasing a motor vehicle under manufacturer’s warranties or the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever comes first.
The lemon law holds manufacturers and authorized dealers accountable. They must repair the faulty vehicle. When that’s not possible after a reasonable number of attempts, they are required to either replace or repurchase the lemon. The manufacturer must compensate you for all related costs such as rental cars, towing, taxes, and licensing.
The protection covers new cars, leased cars, and used cars still under the manufacturer’s warranty. The Lemon Law applies only to disputes involving the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.
Cars aren’t the only vehicles covered by the lemon law. Other eligible vehicles in Burbank include the following:
Misused vehicles, off-road vehicles, and after-market parts are not covered.
Burbank’s Experienced Lemon Law Attorneys
At the CA Lemon Law Firm, we comprehensively understand all aspects of state and federal lemon laws. You can count on our legal team to walk you confidently through the process. We are ready to aggressively fight for your valid lemon law claim in court or in settlement negotiations.
Not All Bum Purchases Fall Under the California Lemon Laws
The lemon law requires the following:
- The vehicle is covered by a valid warranty
- The vehicle is presented for repairs within the warranty period
- The vehicle failed its obligations to repair, replace, or repurchase the failing product
Vehicles that are under extended service contracts are not eligible for California Lemon Law claims.
The manufacturer is given a reasonable number of attempts to repair the issue before they must replace or repurchase the vehicle.
The law offers guidelines on what qualifies as a reasonable number of attempts:
- When the problem could result in injury or death and hasn’t been rectified within two attempts
- All other defects that aren’t repaired within four attempts
- The vehicle has been in the repair shop for more than 30 days (not necessarily consecutively) for the repair of any problem covered by its warranty
The issue must be significant enough that it poses a safety risk, hinders the use of the vehicle, or lowers the car’s value.
Some of the most common defects include:
- Engine Problems. Stalling, not starting, and overheating are common concerns.
- Electrical Issues. Motor, lights, and internal systems are not functioning properly.
- Leaks. Oil, fuel, and transmission fluid leaks are frequent problems.
- Seatbelt Flaws. Not being able to properly secure a seatbelt reduces the safety of driving or riding in the vehicle.