Visalia, CA asked in Lemon Law for California

Q: I purchased a used vehicle from a dealership in CA. 04/21/2022. it has been 107 days and dealer has failed to transfer

I called DMV and was told the dealership failed to transfer tittle. DMV also informed me that the dealership in fact had possession of the new registration "tags" at the time of purchase. However, i did not recieve those stickers. Registration expired in March 2022. Purchased vehicle April 21, 2022 tags expired and current registration was withheld by dealer. What are my options? From what i understand dealer must pay $25 per day after the 15 day period ended up to $2500 upon written request by purchaser. I have prepared a letter to deliver.. anything else i should know or options?

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Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
  • Los Altos, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Anything else you should know? The law is rarely black and white and even when it is, some lawyer or some judge figures out a way to add a new shade of grey. We have an adversarial system of justice and that keeps both sides employed. Both sides argue and then typically, if they cannot settle their differences, a Judge or a Jury will decide which argument(s) are the best.

So, as put, you 'understand' either what you've heard or read about this situation. BUT, you do not 'understand' how it plays out, no one does until it does and you did not 'understand' that if you are successful in your claim, the other side may have to pay 3x that amount and you did not 'understand' that they would also, if you are successful, have to pay your attorneys, a rare wrinkle in some consumer protection claims.

So, you may just want to contact and/or hire counsel for this one...

Yelena Gurevich agrees with this answer

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