Lemon Law San Diego


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If your car fails to meet reasonable standards of performance and quality, your legal rights may be protected under California’s lemon laws. California enacted lemon laws to provide a legal remedy for automobile purchasers whose vehicle did not perform as promised according to the manufacturer’s warranty. In addition, the federal government has enacted lemon laws as well, referred to as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which protects individuals of all states, and may exceed the state’s law in certain instances.

The lemon law San Diego only applies if a problem arises with your vehicle that the manufacturer is unwilling to repair. If the manufacturer does not honor the warranty, you can file a complaint against the manufacturer stating the lemon laws of California as legal basis for the complaint. In addition, if your vehicle has undergone numerous repair attempts but still does not operate according to reasonable quality and performance, you may be able to seek relief through the lemon laws of San Diego. Lemon laws also require the payment of the prevailing party’s legal fees as well as damages related to the breach of warranty.

If you purchase a new vehicle in San Diego, most vehicles come with a warranty expressing the manufacturer’s promise that the car will operate without problem, and if an issue arises the manufacturer promises to pay the cost of the repairs. To fall under the protection of the lemon law in California, the car must be a vehicle purchased solely for personal use. Therefore, if the vehicle was purchased for business purposes, the vehicle may not be afforded the protection of the lemon law San Diego. The lemon law San Diego applies to both new and used vehicles sold or leased in California that come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty. According to the lemon law San Diego, a manufacturer has several opportunities to repair the warranty defect, provided the number of repairs does not exceed a reasonable amount. However, if the manufacturer or dealer is unable to repair the vehicle, the lemon law San Diego requires the manufacturer to either replace the vehicle, or refund its purchase price. In addition, lemon law San Diego applies to problems arising within the first 18,000 miles or 18 months of  ownership. In addition, the vehicle must be registered in the state of California. The lemon law of San Diego does apply to motor homes as well.

Your car’s warranty can be very confusing and it is a good idea to seek professional legal assistance to determine if your automobile’s repairs are included as part of the warranty. Therefore, consider hiring a San Diego attorney experienced in lemon law San Diego to assist you with any legal action you choose to take against the car’s manufacturer. For example, if you need help finding an attorney in San Diego, contact the State Bar of Calfornia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Bar_of_California. Also, you can find additional information about the lemon law San Diego by visiting the Attorney General of California’s website at http://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/lemon.