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With Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant You Aren't Stuck with a Defective Truck

Californians are fortunate enough to have an excellent consumer protection law called the “Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act,” more commonly known as the “California Lemon Law.” This law affords California consumers the right to take legal action against manufacturers of defective vehicles and other consumer products. The Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant understands California lemon laws for trucks and can help you with your case.

Attorney Barry Edzant provides knowledgeable counsel for auto and truck Lemon Law cases. Call (661) 679-5325 today for a free consultation.

What Is California's Lemon Law?

The Lemon Law is simple. If the manufacturer cannot repair your vehicle after a “reasonable” number of attempts, the manufacturer must either replace the vehicle or reimburse you the purchase price of the vehicle.

The term “reasonable” regarding the number of repairs has been defined generally as the inability of the manufacturer to repair the same defect after four attempts. However, you only need two repairs if the defect is “life-threatening.” It is also considered “reasonable” under the Lemon Law if the vehicle is inoperable for at least 30 days. These days are not required to be consecutive, or for the same repair. However, at least some of the repairs must be attempted within the original manufacturer’s warranty period.

What Benefits Does the Lemon Law Offer?

In addition to replacing the vehicle or reimbursing you for the price you paid for the vehicle, the manufacturer must pay for your license fees, rental expenses, towing, out-of-pocket repairs, and other incidentals. They must also pay for some, or all, of your attorney’s fees.

Of course, there are some catches. The defects must substantially impair the use, safety, or value of the vehicle, and at least some of the repairs to the vehicle must take place under the original manufacturer’s warranty. Repairs exclusively falling under an extended warranty will not count toward Lemon Law repairs. Also, the manufacturer is entitled to a deduction for mileage put on the vehicle prior to the central defects occurring. Other deductions may also apply.

The best part of the California Lemon Law is that you can get rid of your lemon, recoup most or all of your expenses in purchasing the vehicle (including any loan or lease payments you have made after the purchase), and much of your other losses resulting from the defective vehicle. The Lemon Law truly is a consumers’ law.


If you have a defective vehicle, don’t take the matter into your own hands. Call (661) 679-5325 for an immediate free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles County Lemon Law attorney or complete our contact form.


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