A client asks, 'is my new car a lemon?'

Purchasing a new or used car is a decision you have to make with consideration to several factors. However, whichever condition of the car you choose to buy, defects always exist, and you may experience them in your newly purchased ride.

The California law works to protect buyers from purchasing irretrievably malfunctioning new or used cars. Findlaw refers to these laws as "lemon laws." However, most people, including you, could be wondering if your purchase is among what these laws cover and whether you will get compensated.

It is worth noting that lemon laws do not cover every car purchase. First, for the car to qualify as a lemon, the car must malfunction or have defects. Also, you have to notice and report the fault within a stipulated time. Secondly, you must have tried to repair it without success. Therefore, it is not eligible if you have not made any attempt to fix it.

If your purchase qualifies according to the requirements mentioned above, there is a need for compensation. More often than not, the manufacturer may already be aware of the issue. If not, you should notify them, and if you do not reach an amicable solution, it will help to try arbitration before going to court.

The arbitration process is simple and less costly. You only need a panel or arbitrator who will listen to both sides of the dispute and analyze the condition of the car to come up with a remedy. If the arbitrator does not come up with a satisfying decision, you may take the matter to court. Contact The Ledbetter Law Firm to learn more.