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August 2018 Archives

Toyota knew about auto defect for decades

A vehicle defect that repeatedly sends a California car owner to the dealer for repairs can be frustrating and annoying. When that auto defect results in injuries, it can be devastating. Recently, Toyota lost a multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by parents who claim the defective front seats in their vehicle resulted in traumatic brain injuries for both of their children. It is not the only judgment against the carmaker, and now lawmakers are asking for changes.

Car makers don't always look out for California consumers

The number of cars manufactured each year has been steadily increasing. As millions of vehicles pass through the assembly line, there are bound to be some with defects or issues that are not discovered until their new owners drive them. Fortunately, California's lemon law protects consumers from being stuck with a vehicle that requires a lifetime of costly repairs or is simply unsafe to drive.

Understanding the California lemon law

When a vehicle reaches a certain age or travels a certain number of miles, its owner can expect to experience issues and begin paying for repairs that go beyond a new battery. A careful consumer will wait until those repairs begin to cost more than the average new car payment before trading up. After buying a new car, most California consumers expect to avoid many of the problems they may have had with their old vehicle. When this does not happen, the consumer may have purchased a lemon.

What happens to cars repurchased under the lemon law?

California consumers in the market for a vehicle have many options. Often, a used vehicle fits into a family budget better than a new car although there are risks involved in purchasing a previously-owned vehicle. For one thing, a buyer does not know the real reason why the vehicle was traded in. In some cases, the prior owner may have simply wanted a newer car, but in other cases, the owner may have returned the car by exercising his or her rights under the lemon law.

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