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.
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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.
Purchasing a new car is a major financial decision. Obtaining a loan, making payments and generally having a portion of income go toward the new vehicle regularly often make California residents want to ensure that they are not wasting their money. As a result, they often consider various aspects of the transaction before buying a new car.
A defect in a motor vehicle that places drivers and passengers in danger is something one would think auto makers and safety agencies would deal with swiftly. This does not seem to be the case with reports of sunroofs spontaneously exploding in California and across the country, often while drivers are operating their vehicles at highway speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has apparently kept records of reports of exploding sunroofs for five years, but no action concerning this auto defect has been taken on the federal level.
One of the costliest purchases a consumer makes is buying a new vehicle. Many in California have gone through the frustration and uncertainty of owning a used car, often dealing with expensive repairs while still paying on a car loan. To avoid this, they study their options and purchase a new vehicle, assuming it will be reliable. Unfortunately, some find themselves facing lemon law issues nonetheless.
Before buying a new car, it is typical for consumers to take a test drive. However, there is often little chance to really get a feel for how the vehicle will perform until the papers are signed. Fortunately, consumer advocates like "Car and Driver" perform long-term test drives and report on the results. Those results were not so encouraging for California consumers in the market for the latest Alfa Romeo.
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.
What draws people to buying new, rather than used, cars? A recent survey indicates that the perception that new cars are more reliable may be a big contributor.