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Lemon Law - Your vehicle’s warranty book as it “applies” to California Lemon Law.

Lemon Law... Your vehicle’s warranty book “instructions” as it "applies" to California Lemon Law.

When you purchased or leased your new vehicle, it came with a warranty book or other printed pamphlet on what steps to take in resolving complaints you have with your vehicle. These “steps” are designed to “assist” the consumer in resolving their complaints.

Consumers should be aware, however, that these “steps” are often what the automobile manufacturer suggests, and not a full representation nor description of what consumer rights protection the California Lemon Law provides. These warranty books will also mislead the consumer with wording like "within 18 months or 18,000 miles", suggesting a "lemon law" claim must be filed within this time frame.

NONSENSE. You have the entire warranty period (usually 3 years/36,000 miles or 4 years/50,000 miles) in which to institute a "lemon law" claim. Or "inform" that Arbitration is "the next step in the lemon law process" (it is not, California has no requirement for arbitration to pursue a lemon law claim). In certain situations a valid lemon law claim can be filed after the warranty has expired if the vehicle is still suffering from the same non-conformity. 

Sometimes the “instructions” on “your responsibilities” were printed in these books before potential amendments to California's Lemon Law were enacted.  Keep in mind that these warranty books are written by the automobile manufacturer to best serve the manufacturer.  They are not without important content, but a consumer should get a “balanced” view of their individual procedural requirements from a legal standpoint from an expert Lemon Law attorney. 

Contacting our law firm can be of great assistance in understanding what your responsibilities are as a consumer, and what your rights are under the California Lemon Law. If you feel you might have a "lemon", call us at 1-800-CA-LEMON (1-800-225-3666).


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