When you purchase a car, you must take your time to choose the best car to use without submitting to anyone’s pressure or signing a contract. But what happens when you purchase a vehicle that qualifies to be a lemon? But how do you tell if your car is a lemon upon purchase?
Just because you buy a car with defective steering or brakes does not mean that your vehicle qualifies to be a lemon. According to FindLaw, two main factors determine if your vehicle is a lemon in California. First, your car should have defects that continue to occur even after several fixes. The law does not give a certain number of flaws that need to be in place. However, it provides a guideline to the number of repairs in various situations.
Secondly, your car should have a substantial defect that falls under your manufacturer’s warranty within the time of purchase. The flaw is not one that you cause after you purchase the car. It should, however, be severe enough to deter the use of your car, change its value or challenge its security.
Even with substantial damage, your car needs to go through several repairs to fix the problem for it to be qualified to be a lemon. The repairs can be as many as four. Sometimes, it may be only in one attempt if the problem was very serious.
When the lemon law does not affect your car, other federal and state laws may protect you from purchasing a defective vehicle or one that does not meet the safety standards. You should always consult a lawyer on the best way forward when you happen to buy a defective vehicle.