The Lemon Law in California provides a number of protections for vehicle consumers. The law may be applied to cases in which the manufacturer of a defective vehicle is unable to correct the defect in the car after a few attempts. Individuals may use then Lemon Law to seek financial damages from the manufacturer. There are multiple ways the manufacturer can pay restitution if the individuals win their Lemon Law case.
One of the most common ways vehicle manufacturers provide compensation is by repurchasing, or buying back, the vehicle. The vehicle purchaser will be compensated for registration fees, the down payment, monthly payments as well as additional damages in some cases. After the manufacturer has repurchased the vehicle, it will register the vehicle under its name and note on the certificate that the vehicle was a Lemon Law buyback. The manufacturer may be able to claim a deduction for the miles that were accumulated in the vehicle before the initial attempt to repair it.
When interacting with a manufacturer of the vehicle, individuals should not hesitate to ensure that their rights are upheld, as they have a legal basis for being compensated for being sold a defective vehicle. In situations in which a vehicle manufacturer unjustly refuses to repurchase a defective vehicle, the person who purchased the vehicle may be legally entitled to receive a civil penalty that can be as much as triple the value of the vehicle.
An attorney who handles Lemon Law cases may advise clients of their rights to restitution for being sold a defective vehicle. The attorney may advocate on behalf of clients with vehicle manufacturers to ensure that the interests of the clients are protected. Litigation may be used to compel the negligent manufacturer to compensate clients for expenses they incurred due to the malfunctioning vehicle.