Lemon Laws

Everybody has received a lemon at some point in their lives - a lemon is a term for an item, such as a car, that, for whatever reason, has a number of problems with it.

In Grade 4, I got a bike for my birthday that had to be a lemon - I was taking the stupid thing in for repairs every month or so.

Back then, I knew nothing about lemon laws. These are the legal rights of a citizen of the United States (and probably elsewhere) to return a vehicle by virtue of it being a lemon. Unfortunately, we don't have them in Canada, but we do have some other consumer protection.

Amyways, for my American readers, I looked up some stuff about lemon laws in California., which states,

"If the manufacturer or its representative in this state, such as an authorized dealer, is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle to meet the terms of an express written warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer is required promptly to replace the vehicle or return the purchase price to the lessee or buyer."

The manufacturer will also cover all costs incurred by the consumer, which includes the cost of financing, or any minor repairs, towing costs, etc.

Any vehicles that have fewer than 18,000 miles on the odometer, and are still broken after numerous repair attempts, are eligible to be returned under lemon law in California.


There are a number of specialists in California who can provide a free consultation for lemon law claimants. Happy claiming!


Pro tip: Buy a new car that looks like a lemon, return it at 17,999 miles - you've just been paid to have a car for all that time.

27 comments:

Vapor said...
January 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

One of the better laws out there.

poet said...
January 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Vapor is that a joke? i think its pathetic!

Dandarya said...
January 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

wow :P

people these days.

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January 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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Jamie said...
January 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

That is interesting, I've heard about lemons from economics, but I didn't know there were actual laws about things like that.

MetallicaFan459 said...
January 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I've heard friends of mine who study economics talking about lemons and things, but I just thought they were talking about a load of rubbish. This is pretty cool.

Marduk said...
January 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The California car law is a little strange. I've yet to receive any lemons in my short life.

Suciô Sanchez said...
January 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Used to be cars that rolled off the production line on a Friday afternoon would have lots of bugs.

sildude said...
January 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Lemon laws. Today I learned...

BökChöd said...
January 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Wow.... lol... that is hilarious. If its truly a lemon, it prolly would have been broken already by that time. Then you'd have to keep buying lemons

mrecan said...
January 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

loved the name of the law
it could really be useful

StockGuy said...
January 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Lemon Laws really protect consumers against fraud and being mislead.

HSP said...
January 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I didn't think there were particular laws for that type of thing. The more you know!

HiFi said...
January 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I knew about the lemon law but not about the other stuff like re-imbursing all the associated costs. This is good info.

Justsayin' said...
January 24, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Lemon laws are cool.

MRanthrope said...
January 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM

sometimes living in California doesn't suck =p

Bob lehcror said...
January 24, 2011 at 9:46 PM

That is a good law to have, I'm lucky nothing has gone wrong with my vehicle

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Chris said...
January 25, 2011 at 8:47 PM

My very first car was a lemon! Wished I saw this article back then.

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January 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

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thegoldenchild said...
January 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM

very nice.

Das Auto! said...
January 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The price you pay to have a mechanic to a pre-purchase inspection will save you tons of money... unless you buy beaters like me

The Game Store Guy said...
January 26, 2011 at 1:39 AM

That's pretty impressive. I live in California and didn't actually know about this law.

Donnies said...
January 26, 2011 at 5:03 AM

Never knew this, crazy stuff!

Rorschach Redemption said...
January 26, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Ah, but what do you call it when you get some beat lemons?

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January 26, 2011 at 7:39 AM

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