As provided for in the Song-Beverly Warranty Act of California, consumers must first seek their Lemon Car redresses from the car dealer or the manufacturer before engaging the legal system in yet another in the never ending processions of legal actions.
The law states that the amount of repairs sought by the car buyer must be reasonable. What the “reasonable” level of repairs sought is differs according to what may be wrong with a given vehicle. If the automotive problem is defined as a serious one– like a braking failure that may endanger the driver, passengers or others– then even just one or two repair visits may be deemed sufficient for garnering an official Lemon Car label.
But if you are simply not very happy with your new Dodge Durango’s Thin Film Transistor seven inch customizable digital gauge cluster display’s tendency to be somewhat un-viewable when the sunlight hits it in a certain way, it might be a tough sell to call that a defect that would qualify it as a Lemon Car.
However, if the display wound up making your rate of speed and other critical data like tire pressure, door ajar warnings and engine temperature un-viewable during some daylight hours, and you brought it in to the car dealership to see if a remedy was available, then it might at least count as a repair visit towards meeting the qualification of three or four such repair calls that would then enable it to qualify as a Lemon Car.
Then later on down the road– as long as that road didn’t exceed 18,000 miles or take over eighteen months to get there– the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters begin to malfunction, impairing your ability to shift the car’s gears and to adjust the speed control feature, and then you brought it in to the dealer to correct, that may again count as another repair visit number towards securing the Lemon Car moniker.
The actual determination of certifying Lemon Car status may become a moot point if you can gain the cooperation and good will of your car dealership. If not, save those receipts, other associated repair records and their consequences– such as having to rent a car while your other is in the shop– and take them all to a Lemon Law attorney and let them do their legal stuff to fight for your rights.