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California consumers with lemon vehicles may be protected under either the California Lemon Law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (the federal lemon law), or both. Remedies may include refund or replacement plus double damages, or cash compensation such as diminished value and/or incidental and consequential damages. Attorneys’ fees also available meaning qualified consumers may receive California lemon law attorney representation at no cost.

And even if a vehicle doesn’t qualify under either of these lemon laws, the Truth In Lending Act and/or other related car buying laws may provide an avenue to recover cash damages that can help you trade out or pay for repairs.

Connect here for a free, no obligation California Lemon Law case review. In most instances to qualify under a lemon law your vehicle must only have an unreasonable repair history under the warranty, including (but not limited to) 2-4 repair attempts for the same problem, 6 repairs total on the vehicle, or 30 days out of service by reason of repair.

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California Lemon Law (Tanner Consumer Protection Act, Cal.Civ.Code 1793.22 to Cal.Civ.Code 1793.26)

California Lemon Law Statutes. Cal.Civ.Code 1793.22. Tanner Consumer Protection Act; presumption; third-party dispute resolution

(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Tanner Consumer Protection Act.

(b) It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made to conform a new motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if, within 18 months from delivery to the buyer or 18,000 miles on the odometer of the vehicle, whichever occurs first, one or more of the following occurs:

(1) The same nonconformity results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven and the nonconformity has been subject to repair two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the nonconformity.

(2) The same nonconformity has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the nonconformity.

(3) The vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of nonconformities by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 calendar days since delivery of the vehicle to the buyer. The 30-day limit shall be extended only if repairs cannot be performed due to conditions beyond the control of the manufacturer or its agents. The buyer shall be required to directly notify the manufacturer pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) only if the manufacturer has clearly and conspicuously disclosed to the buyer, with the warranty or the owner’s manual, the provisions of this section and that of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2, including the requirement that the buyer must notify the manufacturer directly pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2). The notification, if required, shall be sent to the address, if any, specified clearly and conspicuously by the manufacturer in the warranty or owner’s manual. This presumption shall be a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof, and it may be asserted by the buyer in any civil action, including an action in small claims court, or other formal or informal proceeding.

(c) If a qualified third-party dispute resolution process exists, and the buyer receives timely notification in writing of the availability of that qualified third-party dispute resolution process with a description of its operation and effect, the presumption in subdivision (b) may not be asserted by the buyer until after the buyer has initially resorted to the qualified third-party dispute resolution process as required in subdivision (d). Notification of the availability of the qualified third-party dispute resolution process is not timely if the buyer suffers any prejudice resulting from any delay in giving the notification. If a qualified third-party dispute resolution process does not exist, or if the buyer is dissatisfied with that third-party decision, or if the manufacturer or its agent neglects to promptly fulfill the terms of the qualified third-party dispute resolution process decision after the decision is accepted by the buyer, the buyer may assert the presumption provided in subdivision (b) in an action to enforce the buyer’s rights under subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2. The findings and decision of a qualified third-party dispute resolution process shall be admissible in evidence in the action without further foundation. Any period of limitation of actions under any federal or California laws with respect to any person shall be extended for a period equal to the number of days between the date a complaint is filed with a third-party dispute resolution process and the date of its decision or the date before which the manufacturer or its agent is required by the decision to fulfill its terms if the decision is accepted by the buyer, whichever occurs later.

(d) A qualified third-party dispute resolution process shall be one that does all of the following:

(1) Complies with the minimum requirements of the Federal Trade Commission for informal dispute settlement procedures as set forth in Part 703 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as those regulations read on January 1, 1987.

(2) Renders decisions which are binding on the manufacturer if the buyer elects to accept the decision.

(3) Prescribes a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days after the decision is accepted by the buyer, within which the manufacturer or its agent must fulfill the terms of its decisions.

(4) Provides arbitrators who are assigned to decide disputes with copies of, and instruction in, the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations in Part 703 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations as those regulations read on January 1, 1987, Division 2 (commencing with Section 2101) of the Commercial Code, and this chapter.

(5) Requires the manufacturer, when the process orders, under the terms of this chapter, either that the nonconforming motor vehicle be replaced if the buyer consents to this remedy or that restitution be made to the buyer, to replace the motor vehicle or make restitution in accordance with paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2.

(6) Provides, at the request of the arbitrator or a majority of the arbitration panel, for an inspection and written report on the condition of a nonconforming motor vehicle, at no cost to the buyer, by an automobile expert who is independent of the manufacturer.

(7) Takes into account, in rendering decisions, all legal and equitable factors, including, but not limited to, the written warranty, the rights and remedies conferred in regulations of the Federal Trade Commission contained in Part 703 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations as those regulations read on January 1, 1987, Division 2 (commencing with Section 2101) of the Commercial Code, this chapter, and any other equitable considerations appropriate in the circumstances. Nothing in this chapter requires that, to be certified as a qualified third-party dispute resolution process pursuant to this section, decisions of the process must consider or provide remedies in the form of awards of punitive damages or multiple damages, under subdivision (c) of Section 1794, or of attorneys’ fees under subdivision (d) of Section 1794, or of consequential damages other than as provided in subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 1794, including, but not limited to, reasonable repair, towing, and rental car costs actually incurred by the buyer.

(8) Requires that no arbitrator deciding a dispute may be a party to the dispute and that no other person, including an employee, agent, or dealer for the manufacturer, may be allowed to participate substantively in the merits of any dispute with the arbitrator unless the buyer is allowed to participate also. Nothing in this subdivision prohibits any member of an arbitration board from deciding a dispute.

(9) Obtains and maintains certification by the Department of Consumer Affairs pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 472) of Division 1 of the Business and Professions Code.

(e) For the purposes of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2 and this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Nonconformity” means a nonconformity which substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the new motor vehicle to the buyer or lessee.

(2) “New motor vehicle” means a new motor vehicle that is bought or used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. “New motor vehicle” also means a new motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds that is bought or used primarily for business purposes by a person, including a partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association, or any other legal entity, to which not more than five motor vehicles are registered in this state. “New motor vehicle” includes the chassis, chassis cab, and that portion of a motor home devoted to its propulsion, but does not include any portion designed, used, or maintained primarily for human habitation, a dealer-owned vehicle and a “demonstrator” or other motor vehicle sold with a manufacturer’s new car warranty but does not include a motorcycle or a motor vehicle which is not registered under the Vehicle Code because it is to be operated or used exclusively off the highways. A demonstrator is a vehicle assigned by a dealer for the purpose of demonstrating qualities and characteristics common to vehicles of the same or similar model and type.

(3) “Motor home” means a vehicular unit built on, or permanently attached to, a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, chassis cab, or van, which becomes an integral part of the completed vehicle, designed for human habitation for recreational or emergency occupancy.


(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), no person shall sell, either at wholesale or retail, lease, or transfer a motor vehicle transferred by a buyer or lessee to a manufacturer pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2 or a similar statute of any other state, unless the nature of the nonconformity experienced by the original buyer or lessee is clearly and conspicuously disclosed to the prospective buyer, lessee, or transferee, the nonconformity is corrected, and the manufacturer warrants to the new buyer, lessee, or transferee in writing for a period of one year that the motor vehicle is free of that nonconformity.

(2) Except for the requirement that the nature of the nonconformity be disclosed to the transferee, paragraph (1) does not apply to the transfer of a motor vehicle to an educational institution if the purpose of the transfer is to make the motor vehicle available for use in automotive repair courses.

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California Lemon Law Rights. Cal.Civ.Code 1793.23. Automotive Consumer Notification Act; legislative findings and declaration; reacquisition of vehicles; disclosure

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) That the expansion of state warranty laws covering new and used cars has given important and valuable protection to consumers.

(2) That, in states without this valuable warranty protection, used and irrepairable motor vehicles are being resold in the marketplace without notice to the subsequent purchaser.

(3) That other states have addressed this problem by requiring notices on the title of these vehicles or other notice procedures to warn consumers that the motor vehicles were repurchased by a dealer or manufacturer because the vehicle could not be repaired in a reasonable length of time or a reasonable number of repair attempts or the dealer or manufacturer was not willing to repair the vehicle.

(4) That these notices serve the interests of consumers who have a right to information relevant to their buying decisions.

(5) That the disappearance of these notices upon the transfer of title from another state to this state encourages the transport of “lemons” to this state for sale to the drivers of this state.

(b) This section and Section 1793.24 shall be known, and may be cited as, the Automotive Consumer Notification Act.

(c) Any manufacturer who reacquires or assists a dealer or lienholder to reacquire a motor vehicle registered in this state, any other state, or a federally administered district shall, prior to any sale, lease, or transfer of the vehicle in this state, or prior to exporting the vehicle to another state for sale, lease, or transfer if the vehicle was registered in this state and reacquired pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2, cause the vehicle to be retitled in the name of the manufacturer, request the Department of Motor Vehicles to inscribe the ownership certificate with the notation “Lemon Law Buyback,” and affix a decal to the vehicle in accordance with Section 11713.12 of the Vehicle Code if the manufacturer knew or should have known that the vehicle is required by law to be replaced, accepted for restitution due to the failure of the manufacturer to conform the vehicle to applicable warranties pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2, or accepted for restitution by the manufacturer due to the failure of the manufacturer to conform the vehicle to warranties required by any other applicable law of the state, any other state, or federal law.

(d) Any manufacturer who reacquires or assists a dealer or lienholder to reacquire a motor vehicle in response to a request by the buyer or lessee that the vehicle be either replaced or accepted for restitution because the vehicle did not conform to express warranties shall, prior to the sale, lease, or other transfer of the vehicle, execute and deliver to the subsequent transferee a notice and obtain the transferee’s written acknowledgment of a notice, as prescribed by Section 1793.24.

(e) Any person, including any dealer, who acquires a motor vehicle for resale and knows or should have known that the vehicle was reacquired by the vehicle’s manufacturer in response to a request by the last retail owner or lessee of the vehicle that it be replaced or accepted for restitution because the vehicle did not conform to express warranties shall, prior to the sale, lease, or other transfer, execute and deliver to the subsequent transferee a notice and obtain the transferee’s written acknowledgment of a notice, as prescribed by Section 1793.24.

(f) Any person, including any manufacturer or dealer, who sells, leases, or transfers ownership of a motor vehicle when the vehicle’s ownership certificate is inscribed with the notation “Lemon Law Buyback” shall, prior to the sale, lease, or ownership transfer of the vehicle, provide the transferee with a disclosure statement signed by the transferee that states:


(g) The disclosure requirements in subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) are cumulative with all other consumer notice requirements and do not relieve any person, including any dealer or manufacturer, from complying with any other applicable law, including any requirement of subdivision (f) of Section 1793.22.

(h) For purposes of this section, “dealer” means any person engaged in the business of selling, offering for sale, or negotiating the retail sale of, a used motor vehicle or selling motor vehicles as a broker or agent for another, including the officers, agents, and employees of the person and any combination or association of dealers.

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California New Car Lemon Law. Cal.Civ.Code 1793.24. Preparation of notice; contents of disclosure

(a) The notice required in subdivisions (d) and (e) of Section 1793.23 shall be prepared by the manufacturer of the reacquired vehicle and shall disclose all of the following:

(1) Year, make, model, and vehicle identification number of the vehicle.

(2) Whether the title to the vehicle has been inscribed with the notation “Lemon Law Buyback.”

(3) The nature of each nonconformity reported by the original buyer or lessee of the vehicle.

(4) Repairs, if any, made to the vehicle in an attempt to correct each nonconformity reported by the original buyer or lessee.

(b) The notice shall be on a form 8 ½ x 11 inches in size and printed in no smaller than 10-point black type on a white background.

(c) The manufacturer shall provide an executed copy of the notice to the manufacturer’s transferee. Each transferee, including a dealer, to whom the motor vehicle is transferred prior to its sale to a retail buyer or lessee shall be provided an executed copy of the notice by the previous transferor.

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California Automobile Lemon Law. Cal.Civ.Code 1793.25. Reimbursement of sales or use tax to manufacturer of vehicle making restitution to buyer or lessee; rules and regulations; application of sales and use tax to tangible personal property transactions; applicable laws; limitation on reimbursement amount

(a) Notwithstanding Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the State Board of Equalization shall reimburse the manufacturer of a new motor vehicle for an amount equal to the sales tax or use tax which the manufacturer pays to or for the buyer or lessee when providing a replacement vehicle pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2 or includes in making restitution to the buyer or lessee pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 1793.2, when the manufacturer provides satisfactory proof that it has complied with subdivision (c) of Section 1793.23, and satisfactory proof is provided for one of the following:

(1) The retailer of the motor vehicle for which the manufacturer is making restitution has reported and paid the sales tax on the gross receipts from the sale of that motor vehicle.

(2) The buyer of the motor vehicle has paid the use tax on the sales price for the storage, use, or other consumption of that motor vehicle in this state.

(3) The lessee of the motor vehicle has paid the use tax on the rentals payable from the lease of that motor vehicle.

(b) The State Board of Equalization may adopt rules and regulations to carry out, facilitate compliance with, or prevent circumvention or evasion of, this section.

(c) This section shall not change the application of the sales and use tax to the gross receipts, the rentals payable, and the sales price from the sale, lease, and the storage, use, or other consumption, in this state of tangible personal property pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(d) The manufacturer’s claim for reimbursement and the State Board of Equalization’s approval or denial of the claim shall be subject to the provisions of Article 1 (commencing with Section 6901) of Chapter 7 of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, except Sections 6907 and 6908, insofar as those provisions are not inconsistent with this section.

(e) For purposes of this section, the amount of use tax that the State Board of Equalization is required to reimburse the manufacturer shall be limited to the amount of use tax the manufacturer is required to pay to or for the lessee pursuant to Section 1793.2.

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California Vehicle Lemon Law. Cal.Civ.Code 1793.26. Reacquisition of motor vehicle; confidentiality or gag clause imposed upon dispossessed buyer or lessee; prohibitions

(a) Any automobile manufacturer, importer, distributor, dealer, or lienholder who reacquires, or who assists in reacquiring, a motor vehicle, whether by judgment, decree, arbitration award, settlement agreement, or voluntary agreement, is prohibited from doing either of the following:

(1) Requiring, as a condition of the reacquisition of the motor vehicle, that a buyer or lessee who is a resident of this state agree not to disclose the problems with the vehicle experienced by the buyer or lessee or the nonfinancial terms of the reacquisition.

(2) Including, in any release or other agreement, whether prepared by the manufacturer, importer, distributor, dealer, or lienholder, for signature by the buyer or lessee, a confidentiality clause, gag clause, or similar clause prohibiting the buyer or lessee from disclosing information to anyone about the problems with the vehicle, or the nonfinancial terms of the reacquisition of the vehicle by the manufacturer, importer, distributor, dealer, or lienholder.

(b) Any confidentiality clause, gag clause, or similar clause in such a release or other agreement in violation of this section shall be null and void as against the public policy of this state.

(c) Nothing in this section is intended to prevent any confidentiality clause, gag clause, or similar clause regarding the financial terms of the reacquisition of the vehicle.

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  1. Is it true in California if a Dealer place a sticker ” Buyer Buys Automobile As Is ” , you decide to buy the car, is a consumer protected under the Current Lemon Law for a Used Car? This Salesman swears that it is your own responsibility and he wipes his hands clean. Can they get away with this if you just paid $20.000 for a used car with no warranty. Is the dealer responsible to give you some sort of protection or is this Salesman right?

    • As is more or less means that, as it applies to defects. But, As is doesn’t mean anything when it comes to your other rights, call us and let’s discuss your purchase and see what we can do to help.

    • We bought a car drove off the lot “as is” with no warranty, we reported within 48 hours leaking power steering fluid. We had the problem confirmed by an independent mechanic (my mechanic). The dear ship was very cooperative and made the repair (new rack and pinon unit) and provided a rental. Pick the car up, next day my son is backing the car up and lost steering, scary. Again they sent a tow truck and are providing a loaner car. From my readings indicate I still have no recourse to demand a return of the car right?

  2. Does the lemon law only pertain to new vehicles? For instance if I bought a car from someone selling it off the streets and it turned out to be a lemon can I still take them to court under this law

  3. 2013transmissio just stop. Working is been almost 30th not no information on what tthey’really doing I got a loaner Honda civic is tiny I barely fit.i’my very disappointed on Honda for their consumer services.

  4. I bought a car in Dec 2013 and the air conditioner continues to turn itself on. I have been to dealership so many times without resolution. What can I do?

  5. 2011 Nissan having transmission (faulty cvt) replaced four times before 100,000 miles Nissan refuses any responsibility…told by techs to replace fluid at 50,000 as it broke down again before the 50K miles, the new Nissan techs says no not 50,000 miles fluids must be replaced at 30,000 car cost 20.000$ USED purchased in 2013 have replaced the transmission two times myself and it was replaced two times under warranty…for a total of four times of replacement for the same issue

  6. I purchased a 2005 Chevy Equinox 6mths ago. Within the first month I called about a brake issue. They had me bring it back & they said it was ok. I called twice about the brakes & they said they were ok. Last night driving the brakes failed @ I ended up side swiping a pole. Do I have any recourse?

  7. does the lemon law only pertains to cars from 2010 and newer? I bought a 2009 audi and the next day it was leaking oil when i bought it the sales person said as is and i asked about extended warranty but they said it was not worth it and that he didnt recommend it so i didnt get it so i took to mechanic and he said it has a couple of leaks what can i do ive had it for 4 days now?

  8. I bought a 2014 (Special Order) Ford F-450 Platinum and took delivery in Dec/2103. I only have 9400 miles on it (though it seems to be over the 18 month provision). I had no problems until about 8500 miles… I took it in for the 7000 mile service. They did the CA emissions re-programming. Within a month, my truck died on the road (August /2105) They said it was bad module communication, Then three weeks later Sept /2015 my engine warning came on and I got a message that said take it to the dealer immediately, they said it was bad exhaust sensor, a week later Sept/2015 my back up camera failed (this preceded all the other events and I let them know that from the beginning), they said my camera was bad and replaced it… exactly 7 days later (Sept/2015, today) my back up camera failed again…

    Do I have any recourse or will I have to take it to the dealer for the rest of the time on warranty at which time they will drop me like a hot potato??

  9. I have a couple of questions: first does the lemon law extends to personal property purchased new besides vehicles? Such as animals, and if it does not laws are established to cover the buyer in those instances? And second if the seller has relocated to another state which statutes are apliciable, the state where the purchase was made, and the person was established or the state where the person is currently residing?

  10. I have a 2014 Ford Fiesta. Bought it June 2015. First owner. I’ve taken it in 5 times for the same transmission update which is causing it to shift inconsistently. It is skipping second gear completely and using 3x as much gas as it would normally. I was told the last time I brought the car in, I was told the update would solve the issue I’m having. It still hasn’t, and now they’re telling me the clutch has to be replaced, due to a recent recall, but I will be out of a car 6-8 weeks. They are refusing to give me a rental. What should I do?

  11. Purchased my Jeep Cherokee in 3/2015. Within the first month the transmission needed to be replaced. Now 10 months later, it’s having oil pressure issues & my car keeps stalling. They actually have to call the manufacturer now because they don’t know what to do to fix it. I’m scared to even have this car…just waiting for something else to happen. What should I do?

  12. I purchased a jeep Renegade 2015 and my radio started loosing signal a lot. i took it to the dealer 2 weeks after i purchased it , showed them videos and left it there and they said they couldn’t fix it. till this day my radio still doesn’t work my engine light goes on random time even one time my doors lock was not able to lock i took it again they fix the lock issue but my radio still is not good. Can i get the lemon law for this i’ve had my vehicle for 6 months with 4000 miles.

  13. I have a 2013 Ford CMax (hybrid) that has been in the shop at least 6 times to repair a faulty “Intelligent Access” on the driver’s side front door. The car is still under warranty and it still malfunctions sporadically. Does this qualify for a buy bacK? What are my options?

  14. Hello! I just bought a used 2009 Honda Pilot on May 28th, 2016. Test drove it and everything seems fine! No lights came on, no crazy noises because I drove without music on. Then I signed the papers and drove it back home…home is an hour away from this dealership.. Check engine popped out… Then the 4wd light popped on… I clicked the 4wd button to see if it turned off..but it didn’t! Do I have a case?

  15. My mom bought a brand new car two years ago and ever since that time she’s been having problems with her air bags. We have gone to the dealership 6 times to get the airbags checked and “they have done their job” but now the same airbag light pops up saying it needs to be checked. Could this new car apply to the lemon car law?

  16. I purchased a car from a dealership and I currently am making payments on a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. It was a high mileage car with problems from the time that I’ve purchased it until now. I am currently in need of another major repair and this is the second with the last year which may I also add that this is one of many. I’ve only had the car for less than two years and I need help to figure out what are my rights at this point.

  17. Will I get all the money that I payed to the car loan when the dealer repurchase the vehicle?What will happen to my car loan if dealership replaces the vehicle? Will I restart my payments again?

  18. My car is a 2013 Nissan Versa. I bought it brand new. I’m on my 4th transmission. Now my air conditioner/air is not turning on whatsoever. I’ve had recalls and other minor issues as well. I tried talking to dealership but due to me not having any money down and a low credit score they will not help me. My warranty is up in 50,000. I do not know what to do.

  19. I am sorry about your transmission, here is what the $4K taught me, Nissan is a piece of __t, Nissan administration is a bigger piece of __t, led me on for over 2 months just to tell me NO HELP HERE. And in SoCal you change trans fluid every 50,000 miles in Nevada, Baker, Barstow, etc. you change your trans fluid every 30,000 miles, expensive lesson (Nissan gave me conflicting info on the 50,000 miles vs 30,000 miles change trans fluid. Compressor, MAJOR fix, not condenser, Compressor also replaced two times on my ALtima…dealer fix please, cause most garages don’t have the knowledge of electricals. CAPITAL ONE is who financed this car, with a Nissan garage 15% but CAPITAL ONE took it down to 12% interest, ouch.

  20. I bought a car out of the state of California,but had been originally from there.
    I have had several problems and recently found out it was declared a lemon.
    Is there anything I can do?

  21. Got a car from a used dealership and two days later check engine light came on took and from that day forward been having problems and paying out of pocket to get the car fixed. I tried getting another car they said no

  22. Ok, so I went to a dealership, a nice reputable one, and purchased a 2005 vehicle for $10,500. They assured me it had been through a thorough inspection & was in top condition. I realized after taking it home this was not the case & took it to a mechanic specializing in this make of car, for a full inspection & diagnostic. An issue requiring a repair of over $3000 was found. I notified the dealership of this & requested to exchange the car for another, as I do not have the time to deal with the inconveniences that come with a needed repair of this kind. If I was able to deal with the headache of owning a car with the many issues this cars has, I wouldve kept my old car & not spent nearly $12,000 out the door!
    I do not think my request unreasonable. From this point, the dealership said my mechanic is lying to me & sent me on my way. Ive had 2 other dealerships check it & confirm what id already told them. Now they are just ignoring my attempts to communicate to get this resolved. Itas now at the 90th day Ive had the car. What to do? Also, ive not yet recieved my registration, which I believe is a Breach of Warranty of Title. And lastly, are they allowed to sell me a car with an open SAFETY recall & tell me its not a safety recall? Because they did that too. Help please

    • Lemon laws are generally only good for factory warranted vehicles. But used car purchases like yours often violate attendant laws like TILA, EFTA or FCRA. Read more about these and other must know consumer rights and then contact us for a free case review–it doesn’t matter which law helps you get out of the car, just need to find one that applies…

  23. Bought a brand new car and the minute we drove it off the lot we noticed that the car significantly pulled to the right. It was Sat night and service dept was closed until Monday. Contacted dealership the following Monday and they said that new cars often will pull and to give it a few hundred miles and suspension might settle in. Sounded odd, but we drove it for another few days and called in to make a service appointment since we thought it was a simple alignment issue and it wasn’t getting any better. After visiting the service dept (4 hours, three attempts to fix, and 4 test drives later), service dept said nothing they could do since the car pulling isn’t due to wheel alignment or tire pressure. Service Manager said to call the customer care dept because there was nothing else they could do to fix it. The car still pulls significantly to the right (in fact, it is documented that within 2 secs the car has drifted fully into the next lane). Can’t seem right for this to be “normal” on a brand new car. We spent a lot of money and I don’t think is unreasonable that we want a car that drives straight. Can this be considered under the lemon law if the dealer can’t fix the issue? I want a new car to drive straight and I am concerned with the safety issue when there are concerns with steering. What do you think???

    • Let’s get the process in queue so if this is a lemon we can act on it at the earliest possible moment. But generally speaking, need an unreasonable repair history (less attempts if its a serious safety defect), not just a defect off the lot. But let’s look closer at your repair history, free no obligation review.

  24. bought a car from this dealer ship they set me up with some auto loan people and they had accept my application but when i first bought the car the ac wasn’t working the starter had something wrong with it, it was making a scratching noise afetr it started and then it would shake when i reversed after a few days i wouldn’t start i had warranty and the dealer said that they were going to fix it and the warranty would cover it they asked if i could drop it off and come pick it up in 3 days we tried coming to pick it up they sadi they were not done fixing it so we came back a week later because they haven’t called us to let us know what was wrong with it they said that they have to replace the fly wheel and that it is going to be awhile because they have to remove the transmission to replace it so they had it for about 2 weeks already soon that second week they called to tell me that the car was ready we went to try and pick it up and it would not start so they thought that it was weird because they had fixed it and drove it to the lot where it was parked so they tried looking for the machanic and they didn’t understand what the problem was so the dealership said that they would see if they can transfer it to another shop a week went by and they never contacted me to tell me where it was going what was the problem so i had called my auto loan people they said that they couldn’t do anything about it because my application was still new so i asked them can they atleast contact them to see whats going on because when i call they never answer they said they would a few days passed they never contacted me so i wen tot the dealer ship the lady there said it was transfered to richmond and gave me the number i called them the machanic there said that he was waiting to get permission to work on it he knows what the problem is he is also waiting for a payment till then he is not going to work on it till he gets paid so i already made my first payment on the car now they had it since a month up until today they told me it was ready but now they are saying that the warranty will not cover it so they are waiting for the owner of the dealer ship to see what he wants to do im writing because i want to know my rights about this

  25. Antonio Esposo

    I bought a 2015 Ford Fiesta 88,923 Highway miles. I have religiously maintained; oil change, tire rotation, tier alignment, breaks, etc. BLOWN!!! Head gasket. It exceeded the 5 year 60,000 mile warranty. I was hoping to go for 200,000 mile like my Ford F-150… NOPE.. BUMMED. I paid $16,000 for the car and I am out $5,000 to repair. I got a letter from Ford Motor Company’s Customer Relationship Center that rejected my claim…. Need help.. what are my alternatives. I feel that I have properly cared for the car and after 60,000 miles I am left on my own… .. Please advise.

  26. Dear sir/madam,

    This message is from south Korea. Lat November, I read a news like this title. ‘Hyundai, Kia Recalls and California Lemon Law’.
    So I searched the regulation in Califonia Lemon law for days but I couldn`t find it. I really want to know the specific regulation in Califonia Lemon Law about the fact that recalls repairs (repairs initiated by the manufacturer) do NOT count as “repairs” under the Lemon Law.
    I`d really appreciate if you could respond about this ASAP.

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