Can the California Lemon Law Really Help Me?

What is the California Lemon Law? Not being an attorney, I can only answer that through examples and sharing from my human perspective.

Also, with not being an attorney, I sometimes wonder what I have a right to and what I don’t when it comes to the law. And I’m sure, if you aren’t an attorney, you wonder the same thing.

So when it comes to this California law, I feel an obligation to share testimonies of people I know or know of that have found a way to make sure that Goliath, the gigantic car manufacturers, does not stomp on the little guy; us. The California Lemon Law does just that; it makes a legal way for consumers like you and me to fight back. Also, I find that writing articles that will help others in situations like the one below is what I do in hopes that someone will read them and know how to proceed if they ever have an issue with their vehicle.

If you live in California, you should be aware that you have a right to dispute and legally pursue a remedy if you feel you purchased a “lemon” when you bought your vehicle. The law that was put into place to protect consumers is the California Lemon Law.

I came face to face with this law when a friend of my brother’s, Daniel, purchased a $40,000 stick shift sports car and had it in the dealership’s repair shop not even a week later.

What was the problem with the car? Plain and simple; it wouldn’t shift into gear. The gear shift was stuck and you couldn’t get it into reverse; first gear; nothing. He was beside himself. What an unfortunate situation; he just purchases an expensive car and he can’t drive it.

The first time he brought it to the dealership to be repaired, they called him shortly after and said that it was fine and that he could pick it up. At this point, it was just a repair so he didn’t even think of the California Lemon Law, because he never thought he actually had a “lemon.”

Several days later, the same thing happened again. He made another call to the dealership and once again, he brought it in to be repaired. When the third time came around, it definitely wasn’t the charm. He knew that this car was never going to operate correctly, so he did some investigating online and discovered that he could get a free evaluation to find out if he qualified to put in a claim through a California attorney.

Well, Daniel did qualify and a very knowledgeable attorney who specializes in the California Lemon Law represented him. In a short amount of time, he got reimbursed for all his time and trouble and was able to get himself a new and perfect car.

Moral of the story: do not wait if you think your car is a lemon. Get a free evaluation from an attorney that specializes in this law today. Hopefully your situation will finish with a happy ending the same as Daniel.

The Law, a Shadow of Things to Come

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Heb. 10:1)

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Col. 2:17)

The Law, A Shadow of Things to Come

It has been said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is Old Testament revealed. However, many preachers do not understand the relationship between the types and shadows of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament (Col. 2:17).

When interpreting and applying Old Testament scriptures many have ignored a very important hermeneutic principle of interpretation. That is:

When interpreting the relationship between the types and shadows of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament, we must progress in revelation and knowledge from a revealed truth (the New Testament covenant of Grace) in order to understand a concealed truth (the Old Testament covenant of The Law).

Think of the Law as the shadow of an object which is cast backward through time. The shadow (in this instance) is the Old Testament typology of the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (Lk. 24:44). The object which cast the shadow backward through time is the cross of Jesus Christ, His finished work, and the New Testament of Grace.

In other words, as New Testament believers, we must interpret the types and shadows of the Law from the standpoint of Grace rather than interpret Grace from the standpoint of the Law.

Just because we are first introduced to The Law (the shadow) does not mean that we are to use the Law to interpret Grace (the body casting the shadow) (Col.2:17). Why is this so?

A shadow cannot interpret or give meaning to the object that cast the shadow. However, the object that casts the shadow interprets and gives meaning to the shadow. In this case, the shadow (the Law) is a vague and ambiguous representation of something else (Grace).

No shadow can provide enough detail to reveal all there is to know about the object it represents. All we can expect are hints and clues.

For example, the shadow of a person might not be clear enough to tell if it were a man or a woman, much less whom it is. The shadow of a plane or bird flying would not reveal its type. Even the shadow of a hand and two fingers cast upon the ground may appear to be a rabbit, a dog, or some other creature.

The truth is, until the object that cast the shadow is fully known or revealed, questions will remain. What color, how tall, deep, or wide an object is will remain a mystery until the object itself is in plain view.

A shadow is only a temporary representation and exists because there is a true object that cast the shadow. Likewise:

We can only interpret the Law as we fully know Christ as revealed in the New Covenant of Grace

Similarly, as the Old Testament believers had only the Law, we are unable to fully interpret what we find there because it is only a shadow of good things to come. Nevertheless, if we track the shadow it will lead us to its source, the cross.

In other words, the Law is intended to “bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24).

The unknown or concealed truth in this instance consists of the types and shadows of the Law itself. That is why we refer to them as types and shadows, because they represent something else-something yet to come. The revealed or known truth in this instance is that:

Jesus Christ, His finished work of atonement, and the New Covenant of Grace is the true object that cast the shadow (backward) into the Old Testament.

If we can understand this, our understanding of Grace theology is much clearer. The Law with its types and shadows does not interpret Grace, but rather, Grace interprets the Law. Grace, therefore is the true object known only by revelation, and the Law is merely the shadow of Grace not yet revealed or made known.

You see, the Bible tells us very plainly that the Law is our schoolmaster (a guardian who teaches) to bring us to Christ (Gal. 3:24). However:

The legalist preaches Christ to bring believers under the yoke of the Law. Therefore, legalism makes Christ the shadow and the Law the fulfillment or object of truth (Acts 15:10). The result is:

Legalism removes the believer from Calvary and the liberty of the cross of Christ, and takes him back to Sinai to the yoke of bondage. The legalist might begin his message at Calvary, but eventually he will end up at Sinai. However:

On the other hand, the Grace believer preaches the Law to bring men to Christ. An understanding of Grace makes the Law the shadow and Christ the fulfillment or object of truth. The result is:

Grace removes men from Sinai and the bondage of the Law, takes them to Calvary, and plants them in the grace and liberty of God. Remember, track the shadow (the Law) to its source (Christ) (Gal. 3:24).

The Grace preacher may begin his message at Sinai or from the Old Testament, but he will always end up at Calvary. For example:

When preaching Christ from the Old Testament – Philip, Paul, and Aquila used the Law to bring others to Christ. They did not preach Christ for the Law’s sake; they preached the Law for Christ’s sake. They made use of the Law to show that Jesus was the Christ because he was the only person in history who could truly fulfill all the types, shadows, and prophecies given in the Old Testament concerning the Messiah(Gal. 3:24-25; Acts 8:32-35, 17:2-3, 18:28).

When preaching to the Ethiopian Eunuch, Philip the evangelist understood that the lamb brought to the slaughter and the sheep shorn in Isaiah 53 was none other than Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:7; Acts 8:32-35)! Likewise, as Grace believers we must use the Law to preach Christ and not use Christ to preach the Law!

We Have Found Him!

Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. (Jn. 1:45)

Paul says when we discover the source of the shadow we have found the true object itself, and have no further need for a schoolmaster (the Law). Therefore:

The Law is no longer in force today, to those who are in Christ

Why? The Law has served its intended purpose; it has brought us to Christ. Paul says, the Law is abolished, decayeth, waxeth old and is ready to vanish away (2 Cor. 3:13; Heb. 8:13).

In spite of what the legalist may say, we are no longer under the Law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14; Gal. 3:24-25). In Grace we find Christ, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).

No wonder the apostle Philip could say, We have found him, of whom Moses in the Law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Philip identified Jesus as the Christ, because the Old Testament scriptures testified of Him (Jn. 5:39).

In conclusion, when we preach from the Old Testament, we must preach the mysteries of Christ and the grace and truth that are in Him, and not the legalism of the Law. The sad reality is-many preachers today do not preach Christ except to bring people into the bondage of legalism. This, of course is wrong.

The Judaizers and Pharisees of Paul’s day made this same mistake in regards to circumcision and the keeping of the Sabbath day (Acts 15:1; Mk. 2:23-24). They were zealous for the Law of God, yet they lacked spiritual understanding. They focused their ministry on the shadow rather than the object that cast the shadow.

Today the legalist is making the same error in regard to the new birth, water baptism, the Sabbath, rules regarding apparel, the wearing of makeup and jewelry, length of hair, food and drink, television, movies, and a host of other things they believe essential for salvation and righteous standing with God.

However, the Grace believer understands that God intended that the Law should serve Christ, and not that Christ should serve the Law.

For it is written “..the elder [the Law] shall serve the younger [Grace]” (Rom. 9:12). Jesus understood this principle when he corrected the Pharisees by saying, “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mk. 2:27).

Jobs in Law

The law is an upcoming industry in today’s running world. Population and problems are at an extremely high level. Solutions to most practical problems today are concerned with laws and government policies. Seeking jobs in law is a good career idea and has to b built with a lot of planning, time and patience.

The Blooming Law Industry

The law industry is blooming today with increased level of legal complexities and procedures that have become necessary to every step you take. Law jobs and attorney jobs are sought by most law students while teaching law can also be given thought to. For law is not only in practice but also being taught. With the recent bloom in technology, copyrights and technological laws are taking a toll besides traditional law cases.

Medical malpractices are another great job opportunity for attorney jobs in the law industry due to corruption in medical industry. Law is present everywhere like building or buying houses or apartments, lands and properties, mortgage issues, financial departments like taxes and revenues, scientific like patent and ethical issues and even small matters like traffic legalities and educational enrollment.

Every private estate, office and institution needs a lawyer or a law representative now – not only the government. Law is one industry that won’t sink you down during recessions as well. If you lose you law job due to recession and the company’s policy to maintain cost, you will get a job as a lawyer as you will be needed to solve disputes which are common during such crisis – both professional and personal.

Requirements

Being educated and graduated in a law school is a requirement for most law jobs like attorney jobs, but law as an industry is so large that it can accommodate innumerable posts and positions and employees.

The basic requirement for such candidates are like in depth understanding of legal procedures and systems that work, a clear idea of the legal terminology used, experience in legal work places, basic logical understanding, an urge to solve problems and cooperate with others.

You should be technologically aware of the working procedures and systems like data base and its functions, etc. You should be excellent in secretarial work, should have very good communicative abilities, and should have an analytical mind and an organizing habit.

These are required in any law jobs you want to apply for. For high end jobs and attorney jobs, you must be authorized to practice law in your state and must be educated in law for seven full years and must pass the bar exam.

Opportunities for all

When we spoke of general requirements before, we make it clear that the law industry is offering jobs to people with various profiles. Judges, judicial employees, lawyers, magistrates, law clerks, paralegals and legal assistants are all welcome to apply for their particular posts in jobs in law.

While the law is famous for attorney work, other employees are given an opportunity to grow as well. If you are determined and sincere, go for law jobs and seep in your success.

Lemon Law 101

Lemon laws are made to protect buyers of defective commodity. A car sold with a hidden flaw that causes the car to be in need of frequent repairs make it a Lemon. The lemon law covers both new and used cars but the faults in a used car needs to larger than the one in a new car for a used car to be seen as a lemon. The fault in the car most be of such nature that they reduces the usability of the car for the buyer or renders the car completely useless. In a new car it is enough that the faults is “spoiling the new car experience” for the car to be considered a “lemon”. Lemon laws vary from state to state and so does the guidelines for arbitration. Lemon laws usually come into play when a vehicle undergoes a specific number of repairs due to defects, when it has been a certain number of days at the shop or if it has certain safety defect that increases the risk in using that vehicle.

The laws are formed to preventing car dealers to take advantage of unknowing car buyers and tricking them into buying defect cars. It is also created to make sure that car manufacturers have to take responsibility for the products they produce and sell. Prior to the lemon law manufacturers and dealers sometimes refused to take their responsibility and referring to that the problem was common in that type of care or tried to intimidate the “lemon” buyers.

The history of the lemon law starts in 1979 with a lady named Rosemary Shahan from lemon Grove. She had bought a lemon that still wasn’t working after waiting 3 months to get it repaired. She then picketed the mechanics for 5 months which created a public outcry against the treatment customers received from mechanics and car dealers. This public outcry became the basis for a citizen movement for lemon laws which formed Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) an organization that made Rosemary Shahan their head. The first states to introduce Lemon laws were Connecticut and California. They introduced lemons laws 1982.

The Center for Auto Safety then started to collect data about how many “lemons” that was sold and the statistics was staggering. They found that over 1.2 million consumers had been “tricked” into buying defective cars. Surveys today suggest that up to 1 000 000 million “lemons” are sold each year.

Connecticut and California was soon to be followed and all US states had introduced lemon laws by the end of 1983. All states created their own rules that suited that state which is the reason why the Lemon laws today look different in different states. The Lemon laws can be said to have been a success as they have improved the consumers position towards car dealers and car manufacturers something that becomes ever more important as the car prices increases.

The best thing to do if you think you have bought a “lemon” is to contact a lemon law attorney that is specialized in your states lemon law. The attorney will be able to tell you if you have a lemon law case and will be able to help you get the compensation that you legally have a right to. It is important that you keep all bills and records of your cars repairs and give them to your attorney to help him determine if you car is a “lemon” and to be able to prove your claims. You should also always remember to read the manual of the car and perform the maintenance that is required for you to maintain your vehicle warranty. Not doing so may prevent you from making any claims based on the lemon laws.