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.
You can also get a refund or replacement if you leased the vehicle. However, rather than getting a refund on your auto loan, you may be entitled to a refund for your downpayment, remaining payments on your lease and other costs related to the lease. If you opt for a replacement vehicle, it should be one that is substantially identical to the same one in your original lease agreement.
Even if you choose a replacement for your lemon, you can also seek reimbursement for any costs associated with repairing or towing the vehicle. You could even get reimbursed for rental cars you may have had to use while your other vehicle was in the shop. There is much more to California lemon law than dealing with a vehicle that is difficult to repair. In some cases, it may even be difficult to fully demonstrate that a vehicle is actually a lemon. Working with an attorney can provide important clarity on the matter, which many people find extremely helpful when seeking either a refund or replacement for their lemons.