Can you return a car in California?

I recently bought my daughter a Lexus LC 500, and while she loves the car, it’s so noisy! I can hear her pulling into the neighborhood from what feels like miles away. It’s to the point that we’re considering returning it. Is that possible in California?

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Answer provided by
Kaitlin May
Answered on Jun 23, 2022
Thanks to California’s Lemon Law, you’re protected as a consumer when you purchase a vehicle, and you can even see if the dealership can fix the vehicle’s issue if it’s eligible under the law.
Here are some problems that qualify your car to be returned in California under the Lemon Law:
  • Constant or repetitive engine light warnings
  • Steering issues
  • Braking problems
  • Defective windshield wipers or mirror
  • Headlight problems
  • Brake light issues
  • Faulty door locks
  • Stalling issues
  • Broken air conditioning
  • Weakened acceleration
  • Battery repeatedly dying
  • Faulty paintwork
Dealerships are granted two attempts to fix safety-related issues and four attempts to resolve operational issues before you’ll be in the clear to return your daughter’s noisy ride. However, if it’s found that the noisy Lexus is merely an annoyance, you might be stuck with it until she heads off to college.
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