Have you recently discovered you purchased a lemon? If you bought a defective vehicle that is still under its original warranty, you may be eligible to have your vehicle repurchased or replaced under the state’s lemon law. The best way to successfully win a claim in California is to understand the steps involved in filing a lemon law claim.
At Cali Lemon Lawyers, we help clients file claims to better ensure that the process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. While you can file a lemon law claim on your own, most warranties cover attorney fees in the event you purchase a lemon that needs to be returned. Working with a lawyer can also remove a significant amount of stress from your shoulders. Read on to learn more about the process or give us a call to discuss your case in detail.
Federal lemon law covers all vehicles purchased within the United States. Two important federal laws that affect lemon law claims include:
Additionally, the California Lemon Law (Civ. Code § 1793.22) protects Californians whose vehicles under warranty are defective and cannot be fixed after a “reasonable” number of repair attempts. The vehicle manufacturer must either replace or repurchase the vehicle based on the consumer’s preference.
In California, lemon law also applies to used vehicles when they are still under a manufacturer’s warranty. If you purchased a used vehicle that is no longer under warranty, it is unlikely lemon laws will apply to your case—unless you can prove that the seller knowingly mislead or forced you into purchasing a defective vehicle.
If you have purchased a vehicle you believe may be a lemon, we recommend doing the following as soon as possible:
From there, we will handle the filing of your lemon law claim which includes contacting the manufacturer, negotiating a settlement, and taking them to trial if they refuse to comply. Our Los Angeles lawyers are experienced litigators who are willing to go up against even the largest vehicle manufacturers on your behalf.
If you can show that the vehicle you purchased under warranty has been taken to the repair shop multiple without results, the better your chances for securing a successful claim under California’s lemon law. Cali Lemon Lawyers is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the legal process and/or if you’re looking for comprehensive and effective legal representation.
Cash and Keep – The car is kept and you receive a cash payment for the decrease in value as a result of the fault. The alternative would be a replacement – the manufacturer replaces your old car with a new, comparable vehicle under the same term of your original purchase agreement.
Learn more about typical lemon law settlements here.
The California lemon law protects consumers who purchase a used car under warranty. There are three types of warranties for used cars:
Learn more about the lemon law for used cars here.
Your vehicle qualifies if it is under warranty and has a defect that your dealership has been unable to repair. The law only applies if the dealership has been given an ample number of chances (2 or more) to repair your vehicle within the warranty period.
Under California’s Lemon Law (Civ. Code, § 1793.2 et seq.), you are protected if your car is defective and can’t be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts.
The Lemon Law protects cars bought or leased in California that are still covered by a manufacturer’s vehicle warranty. Under the Lemon Law, if a manufacturer is unable to repair a problem after a reasonable (again – 2 or more) number of repairs and does not meet its obligations under the warranty, it may be required to buy back or replace your car.
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