Purchasing a vehicle is a big enough risk without worrying about possible defects or potential recalls. In many cases, a reputable California dealer may not know if a vehicle has a defect but will promptly address the situation when a problem arises for the consumer. However, an unscrupulous dealer may take advantage of the situation to sell a repurchased lemon to an unsuspecting car buyer.
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People across California have different reasons for wanting to buy a car. Some may have finally saved up enough to purchase their dream vehicles, and others may need new vehicles due to issues with their old ones. Whatever the reason, drivers want their new vehicles to be reliable, and if they are not, they may consider filing lemon law claims.
Vehicle recalls are nothing new. It could be that manufacturers would rather quickly recall a model than to risk facing lawsuits when someone gets injured. On the other hand, recalls are expensive, and some carmakers wait until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration orders them. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is waiting for the NHTSA to probe reports of serious vehicle defects in its Rogue vehicles.
Any major purchase comes with its risks and rewards. When considering the purchase of a new vehicle, California residents often want the reward of having a vehicle but face the risk of potentially buying a lemon. Even when a vehicle is purchased new, defects or other issues could result in a person having an unreliable or even undrivable vehicle.
You recently leased or purchased a brand new vehicle that probably has less than 100 miles on it and still has that new car smell. You expected it to work properly, but things do not always turn out as planned. You want to return the vehicle after dealing with the frustrating and stressful situation, but first, you need to know if it legally qualifies as a lemon under California law.