Lemon laws here in California protect those who buy a motor vehicle. Moreover, it is available to those who bought faulty cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, personal watercraft, and boats. If one of the above vehicles continues to pose a danger to occupants in the vehicle or does not function properly as designed and promised while under warranty, the buyer/owner can file a Lemon law claim to replace the vehicle with another of similar value at the time of purchase. If they do not want the vehicle, the owner also can get a refund for the money they paid.
Damages and losses
Unfortunately, the financial damage is often not just limited to the amount paid for the vehicle, so Lemon law also can provide reimbursement or compensation for related expenses:
- All monthly payments
- The balance on the loan or lease agreement
- Loan down payments
- Additional or collateral expenses like sales tax, vehicle registration, additional repair costs not covered in the warranty, and service contracts
- Rental car costs
- Money spent on tow trucks
What to do
As with any civil lawsuit, it is essential to have documentation. This should include correspondences with dealers and manufacturers, the sales paperwork and the service records. The plaintiff must follow all warranty requirements and have proof of it. Basically, the rule of thumb is to save all records related to the vehicle. Providing all this information helps strengthens a case, but it also helps to work with a Lemon law attorney. These attorneys who work on contingency can help protect the client’s interests and ensure that they have the strongest possible case for replacement and reimbursement.