How Many Repairs Before Lemon Law Applies?

If you’ve done a little research, you already know that every state in America has lemon laws that protect consumers who have been sold defective vehicles. Under California’s lemon law, if you are sold a defective car, and if the defect cannot be fixed by the manufacturer after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer must replace or repurchase your vehicle. But what does “a reasonable number of attempts” mean? The answer to this frequently asked question depends on several factors. Here’s a brief overview of what is meant by “a reasonable number” under the CA Lemon Law! 

What Exactly is a “Reasonable Number of Attempts”?

In fact, the law doesn’t give an exact number. However, the reasonable number of repair attempts under the California lemon law (and not only) basically depends on how serious the defect is. Brake failure, for example, would be considered a very serious defect posing serious safety issues. In such a case, two or even just one repair attempt would be enough to consider the car a lemon. 

Obviously, less serious malfunctions (minor electrical problems related to windows and doors, a malfunctioning turning signal) require more repair attempts.

In other words, a serious defect usually means fewer repair attempts and vice versa. 

On top of that, if the vehicle is in the shop for around 30 days (not necessarily in a row), it will qualify under the California Lemon Law, regardless of the number of repair attempts.

Keep in mind that each case is different, and the number of repair attempts depends on the exact nature of each case.

What if the Manufacturer or Dealer Can’t Fix My Vehicle? 

If the manufacturer or dealer can’t fix a serious defect in your vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, you might be able to get a refund or replacement vehicle. Best part? If you win, the manufacturer will also have to pay all your legal fees.

Don’t Wait — Contact a Lemon Law Attorney Today!

The best way to find out if you have a lemon law claim is to call an attorney who specializes in lemon law lawsuits. The Margarian Law Firm offers FREE consultations to discuss your rights.  Call us at (818) 553 -1000 right away! Our experienced lemon law attorneys will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve!

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