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Can a single issue turn your car into a lemon?

New cars aren't just a purchase, they're an investment. When you buy a vehicle off the lot, you expect to pay for years of trouble-free ownership. New cars are supposed to just work, which is part of justifying the hefty price tag.

When your new car begins to break down, it's an awful feeling. You have a significant amount of money sunk into the automobile, or will in the future. Now there's also the uncertainty of what else might go wrong with your brand-new purchase.

You've probably heard of cars referred to as "lemons" in a negative light. Because of California's Lemon Law, whether a car qualifies as a lemon becomes an important distinction. Most people never need to deal with the hassle of learning whether their new car qualifies.

Cars called lemons may call to mind a machine that is practically undrivable. However, the truth is that one issue may be enough to call your new vehicle a lemon. California's standards for what qualifies a car as a "lemon" don't rely on how many things are wrong with it. Instead, it takes into account how many times someone's tried to fix the issue.

A new car that has a continuous oil leak may be easily drivable with a little maintenance but if the dealership cannot fix the defect after four attempts, you can consider your car a lemon.

People too often think that a nagging or reoccurring problem with their new car is just something they have to live with. This is not the case. California's Lemon Law protects consumers from suffering for a mistake made in a car's manufacturing process.

If your new car has an annoying issue that just can't seem to be fixed, you're eligible for compensation or a replacement. An attorney familiar with California's Lemon Law can help you get the process started.

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