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    What Is

    California Lemon Law?

    A body of consumer protection laws in the state of California. This legislation was given its nickname because people have come to refer to troublesome vehicles as "lemons."

    The California Lemon Law applies to cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, some business-owned vehicles, and boats. For the most part, the car must be under warranty. (The vehicle might qualify out of warranty if it had an ongoing problem that required it to be in the shop several times before the warranty expiration).

    It applies to purchased or leased new vehicles. It also pertains to used cars certified pre-owned and still under a manufacturer's warranty.


    What Qualifies As A Lemon?

    There is no single or easy answer. The Lemon Law requires both a substantial defect and either that the vehicle is not repaired after multiple attempts to get it fixed or it has been at the dealership for many days cumulatively.


    What Does ‘Reasonable Attempts’ Mean?

    The vehicle is not repaired after multiple attempts is exactly what it sounds like. You have a problem with your vehicle, you bring it to the dealer or manufacturer, but the same problem won’t go away.

    You will see all over the internet that if “you bring it in four times, it’s automatically a lemon.” This is often true.

    The law specifies that a ‘reasonable number of repair attempts’ are made. If a defect involves a safety issue, such as stalling, it may only require two repair attempts. If a car remains in the shop for ‘too long’ it also may qualify as a lemon whatever the defect(s).

    What Is A Substantial Impairment?

    Substantial defects impair the vehicle’s “use, value, or safety.”

    That is:

    • A defect that affects a vehicle’s use is one that prevents you from driving the vehicle as it was intended to be driven.
    • A vehicle’s value is diminished when the defect means the vehicle won’t sell for the price it normally would bring - if the defect wasn’t there.
    • Safety defects are defects that put the driver, passengers, and other drivers in danger.

    Please note that your problem does not have to be safety related to quality. Most safety issues are obvious – at least to the driver. Stalling on the highway, vibrations from the brake pedal, a transmission that ‘catches’ or ‘lags,’ and an engine that keeps running hot would all be considered to be safety related issues.

    But a safety defect is not required. Something that affects your use of your vehicle is enough.

    A radio or GPS screen that keeps glitching could be the sign of a serious computer problem. In the 21st Century, a computer problem can create havoc.

    Getting A Refund or A Replacement Car

    New or used vehicles sold or leased with a manufacturer's written warranty obligate a manufacturer to buy back or replace a car that hasn't been repaired within a reasonable number of repair attempts. If you qualify under the Lemon Law, you can get your vehicle repurchased or replaced.

    California Lemon Law remedies may include:

    • A complete purchase refund (including registration fees, the down payment, and financing costs) AND having the full balance of your loan/lease paid off in full.
    • OR a replacement vehicle.

    In addition, regardless of the solution, the manufacturer is responsible for attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses. The consumer pays nothing.

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    The Process

    How It Works

    First, foremost, if you suspect you have a lemon document everything you are going through with your vehicle. Always ask the dealership for your repair order and invoice every time you take your vehicle in and pick it up. Even if they have not or cannot fix the problem ‘that day,’ ask for the invoice.

    Document all calls with the dealer and manufacturer; get the name and title of everyone you talk to.

    Understand that the dealer, salesperson, manager, or manufacturer’s rep are not experts in Lemon Law or attorneys.

    Do this, then call us.

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    What Are The Remedies?

    California Lemon Law remedies may include:

    • A complete purchase refund (including registration fees, the down payment, and financing costs) AND having the full balance of your loan/lease paid off in full.
    • OR a replacement vehicle.

    In addition, regardless of the solution, the manufacturer is responsible for attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses. You pay nothing.

    Why Gayle Law Group

    We opened our doors over 20 years ago to help people get rid of their lemon vehicles. We truly care. We are Lemon Law specialists.

    We Work Hard on Your Behalf

    We care about every one of our clients and work hard to get impressive results for them. We are as dependent on our vehicles as any Californian is – we know how it feels to have a vehicle that won’t operate the way it should.

    We Stay In Communication

    We pride ourselves on keeping our clients advised every step of the way. You will never be in the dark wondering what’s happening to your case. You’ll know every step of the way.

    Your Case Concludes

    Our goal is to get you out of your lemon vehicle so you can get a safe and reliable one as quickly as possible. We know how important it is to you, how you are hamstrung without a reliable vehicle.

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    Learn More About Your Manufacturer

    When you purchase or lease a car, the manufacturer or its representative must stand by any explicit warranties it makes. If your vehicle turns out to be a lemon and the manufacturer won't repurchase, replace or compensate you, then you should speak with our Lemon Law attorneys about your legal options.

    We handle these and all other vehicle manufacturers.

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    About California Lemon Car Lawyer "Liz" Gayle

    Liz Gayle is considered a top California Lemon Car Lawyer. For more than 20 years, she has been helping consumers get their lemon cars in California bought back by manufacturers. Also, as a former counsel to a major auto manufacturer and highly experienced California lemon law attorney, Ms. Gayle has extensive knowledge of California’s Lemon Law.

    As a result, Liz Gayle is one of California's most sought-after Lemon Law Lawyers. A client-focused lawyer, Ms. Gayle has successfully handled cases for many clients – both owners of cars and those leasing vehicles. Additionally, Ms. Gayle works directly with consumers to dispute cases with auto manufacturers and dealerships concerning vehicles ranging from moderately priced domestic models to exotic and expensive imported autos or recreational vehicles. To learn more about lemon law attorney Liz Gayle, click here.

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