When someone buys a new vehicle in California, that purchase is protected by federal law. If a new vehicle has one or more problems that cannot be fixed by three or more visits to a mechanic, the buyer can return it to the dealer and receive a full refund. A court recently ruled that a mechanic is no longer required to prove that a vehicle is a lemon. All that is now required is the receipts and any related paperwork showing that the vehicle had problems.
In previous cases pertaining to lemon law, judges have ruled in favor of carmakers when plaintiffs did not provide testimony from an automotive expert. In one appeal in Massachusetts, however, the judge ruled that receipts from failed repairs provided plenty of proof that a vehicle had inherent mechanical defects.