If you’ve leased a defective car in California, the lemon law provides you with certain protections. With these protections, you could be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle.
In this article, we summarize California’s lemon law and provide you with actionable steps you can take if you think your leased car is a lemon. We’ll help you determine if your car really is a lemon and address how to file a claim under the Lemon Law for leased cars in California.
If your leased car is a lemon, our law firm can help get you the maximum compensation deserved at no cost to you. Call the number above now or fill out the form below for a free consultation.
Leasing and maintaining a car can be expensive, but what happens if a new car needs to go to the shop and has repeated maintenance issues? Does that automatically make it a lemon in California?
Our team of experts at Cali Lemon Lawyers has helped countless California residents who’ve had the misfortune of leasing a new car that has been plagued with repeated issues. These flaws didn’t only affect the car’s use but also its value and safety.
A lemon car can be new or used, provided it meets the criteria cited in the California Lemon Law (Civ. Code, sections 1793.22-1793.32). Furthermore, general federal lemon laws apply to defective vehicles and other products.
The essence of California lemon law is that a manufacturer must provide a refund or a replacement for a defective new vehicle that is not repaired within a reasonable number of attempts. Further characteristics of a “lemon” must include:
If the vehicle is not under warranty or is leased “as is,” it doesn’t qualify as a lemon. It isn’t, therefore, protected by California lemon law. Also, the issues with the vehicle must not be a direct result of improper care.
The lemon law requirements for leased cars in California are the same as those for new or used vehicles purchased with a warranty. If the warranty was in effect during the time you were experiencing issues with your car, you may be entitled to compensation; if not, the California lemon laws can’t help you. The most common cases occur sometime during the time windows below:
Although these are the most common, there are exceptions that could entitle you to compensation.
There are certain things you need to do to file a successful lemon law claim, including:
The lemon law is a powerful tool that can help you get the compensation you deserve. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind as your prepare to address your lemon law leased car California matter, such as:
People often assume their car will be flawless just because a vehicle is under warranty when they lease a new or used car. Unfortunately, some vehicles have such pressing issues that aren’t properly addressed. If you have a car with the original manufacturer’s warranty, schedule an initial consultation with a lemon law attorney from Cali Lemon Lawyers to find out if you’re entitled to a buyback or replacement.
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