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Los Angeles Toyota Prius owners face another recall

Many California residents commute long distances to work, which means a lot of driving. Since many Los Angeles residents spend a significant amount of their days on highways, a good number of them purchase Toyota Prius or another hybrid vehicle in order to save on gas. These vehicles come with their own unique problems that could put their drivers in danger.

Toyota Prius relies on a substantial amount of electronics in order to switch between gas and electric propulsion. When those components are defective, they could fail at a most inopportune time. Back in 2014, the automaker recalled somewhere around 800,000 of these vehicles in order to fix inverter transistors that were breaking down while the vehicles were in motion. In Oct. 2018, a second recall was issued to address power failure detection and software updates.

Research could help avoid problems with an RV

Whether nearing retirement and wanting to live life on the road or simply looking for suitable vacation transportation, many California residents consider hitting the road in an RV. Though these vehicles can certainly have their uses, they are a major investment. Aside from the financial aspects of purchasing such a vehicle, potential buyers will also want to ensure that they consider other aspects before making a purchase as well to hopefully avoid problems with an RV.

For starters, individuals may need to think about where they will store their RVs. This may not seem like a major consideration, but if the vehicle will sit for months at a time, it needs proper protection from the elements. Even if parties plan to park it on a driveway, taking measurements could help ensure that the vehicle does not end up more in the way than anticipated.

Lemon laws: Fruit not always the topic when lemons are mentioned

When a California resident is talking about lemons, fruit is often the first thing that comes to mind. However, the discussion might have nothing at all to do with food and everything to do with automobiles. Lemon laws are part of the Tanner Consumer Protection Act.

New or used vehicles may be covered under lemon laws if they are sold or leased in this state and come with warranties. If a manufacturer cannot bring a car to conformity with warranties after numerous attempted repairs, it is classified as a lemon. Nonconformity refers to any vehicle issues that impairs a car's value, use or safety.

Does California lemon law allow for replacements?

It is extremely frustrating to purchase a new vehicle and then end up going back to the dealer for ongoing repairs. The cost of these repairs can be a burden for California consumers, but few people are aware of their options for getting no-cost repairs. Here are a few ways in which a consumer can utilize California lemon law to his or her advantage.

Consumers who are dealing with constant repairs for recently purchased motor vehicles may want to look into whether their cars are covered by secret warranties. Sometimes car manufacturers do not discover defective designs until after vehicles have already gone on sale. When this happens, the manufacturers notify dealers of the defect and provide instructions for defects to be repaired at no cost. In California, consumers must be notified of secret warranties, but it is possible to miss important information, so it is always a good idea to double check.

If a trip to the mechanic won't fix it, your car may be a lemon

When you buy a new car, whether it is a luxury vehicle or an economy sedan, you expect it to do its job of helping you navigate the world around you. The point of a vehicle is to get you places, but when there is a serious issue with your vehicle, it may just end up being a money pit that only gets you to the mechanic's shop with the help of an expensive tow truck.

Vehicles that have something wrong with them need to get repaired for safety, overall performance and longevity. Although vehicles are complex machines, most repairs should be straightforward. In other words, the mechanic should be able to identify the issue and quickly fix it.

Can I get a refund under California lemon law?

Whether buying a TV, piece of furniture or motor vehicle, you should be able to expect that your purchase will perform as advertised. This means that it should be free from continuous defects that make the cost of repairing and maintaining your purchased product a burden. When it comes to motor vehicles that are lemons, California lemon law gives you a few different options for recourse.

Whether you purchased or leased the defective vehicle is an important distinction. If you purchased a vehicle and it turned out to be a lemon, you could possibly get a refund, either full or partial. Partial refunds can cover things like the remaining balance of your auto loan, a refund for your downpayment and much more. If you would prefer, you could possibly get a replacement vehicle instead of a refund.

New vehicles could be affected by recalls

While buying a new car can be an exciting experience, it is also one that should be taken seriously. After all, making this type of purchase is a major investment, and California consumers certainly do not want to wind up with a lemon. Of course, some recalls could affect their new vehicles.

Though recalls do not seem uncommon these days, it is still important that individuals who own recalled vehicles have them checked. Recalls could apply to safety features that have defects, such as airbags, or to other features of the vehicle that could cause it to work improperly or present dangers to drivers and passengers. If a recall is ignored, vehicle owners lose the chance of having a potentially dangerous aspect of their cars inspected and fixed as necessary.

Careful documentation can help to prove your car is a lemon

Buying a new car is a significant purchase. You likely spent hours researching and weighing the pros and cons of each vehicle, before ultimately deciding on the car for you.

After all the time and resources that went into purchasing your vehicle, it can be disheartening to take your car in for seemingly never-ending issues. Constant maintenance can be both inconvenient and expensive, leading you to grow impatient with both your vehicle and the dealership or repair shop. However, throughout this frustrating period, taking steps to request and preserve meticulous documentation of your repair efforts can be critical.

How can California vehicle owners keep track of recalls?

When purchasing a used vehicle, buyers usually take the time to look into the history of the vehicle to make sure they are getting what they expect and pay for, which often includes ascertaining whether any recalls existed on the vehicle and if repairs were made. California buyers may be satisfied with what they find and make their purchases. The question is how to keep up with recall information thereafter.

With the rising number of vehicle recalls that appear to be happening on an increasingly regular basis, vehicle owners here in California and elsewhere are probably understandably nervous that the vehicle they own could end up on such a list and not know it until something goes wrong. To avoid this, they could sign up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to receive email alerts of recalls. Another way to help ensure the receipt of recall information is to make sure the registration remains updated with the correct address and other contact information.

When are defective vehicles considered lemons?

When a serious problem arises with a new car, many California consumers may wonder what to do. In some cases, the vehicle can be taken to a mechanic for repairs, and that is the end of the story. However, in other cases, individuals may have vehicles that continue to have problems even after multiple attempts at repairs. In which case, the vehicles may be considered lemons.

Of course, in order for a vehicle to be considered a lemon in the eyes of the law, it must fit certain criteria. First, it may have a substantial defect that negatively affects the vehicle's safety, use or value. The vehicle's warranty must also cover the defect. Additionally, the defect must have occurred within a certain time frame after purchase or within a certain number of miles.

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