Lemon Law...  The “no cooling off period” rule

In California, when a customer purchases or leases a new motor vehicle, there is no “cooling off period” rule. What this means is just because you may think that (after signing and taking delivery) that it’s not the right vehicle for you, your payments are too high, or other various reasons that the sale/lease can be cancelled – it cannot. The moment you complete the sale/lease documents and take physical delivery of the car (drive off the lot), there is no “cooling off” period in which to return the vehicle and rescind the sale. At this point it is yours.

The only exceptions to the “no cooling off period” are dealer fraud, or if the dealer has delivered the vehicle on a “subject to lenders credit approval” conditional sale, and it later turns out that the dealer cannot secure the necessary financing to complete the sale.

Be very careful when you are about to take delivery on a new (or used) vehicle. Sometimes vehicle’s that have problems (both the vehicle and/or the contract) right from the start can be avoided entirely by the consumer following a few guidelines:

1. Test-drive the vehicle before signing the contract for mechanical/operational problems.

2. Inspect the new vehicle under fluorescent lights for body/paint flaws or dealer-repaired damage. It’s easier to start off with a vehicle that doesn’t required post-sale paint repairs. NOTE: even brand new vehicles may have previously sustained damage during the railcar transportation process, loading or unloading, or while on the dealers lot.

3. If buying or leasing a “used” vehicle, (whether or not it’s “certified” or not) have it checked out by a reputable mechanic. Also have a reputable body shop check for undisclosed collision damage repairs.

4. Make sure the contract lists all accessories that you are purchasing as part of the sale/lease. NOTE: Accessories added by the dealer (especially non-factory aftermarket accessories) are not reimbursable in a “lemon law” claim. “Lemon law” claims are based on the vehicle ”as equipped” on the factory Monroney label (window sticker).

Once you have purchased or leased your choice of vehicle, and if it turns out to be problematic with substantial defects that may be applicable to “lemon law”, we invite you to call our offices for a free case “lemon law” review.

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