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California Lemon Law Claims
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We know how frustrating it can be to feel like you’re spending more time in the repair shop with your car than on the road. Fortunately, California state law provides for consumers who have purchased new or used vehicles that turn out to be faulty, or lemons.
At CA Lemon Law Firm, our driving aim is to help consumers throughout California who find themselves in the unfortunate predicament of being in possession of a lemon. Large, established manufacturers and their authorized dealers are skilled at avoiding liability and pinning any defect back on the car’s current owner: you. We are not willing to let that happen.
What is California's Lemon Law?
The law, formally named the Song-Beverly Warranty Act, holds manufacturers selling their vehicles to consumers in California accountable to the contract that accompanies each of their sales. If the manufacturer or authorized dealer is unable to repair your faulty vehicle to the standard detailed in the provided warranty, they must either replace or repurchase the lemon.
Faulty Vehicles That May Be Eligible for Damages
You may have a lemon claim and be eligible for damages if you are in possession of a faulty:
Do You Qualify for a Lemon Law Claim in California?
To qualify for a California Lemon Law claim:
- The vehicle must still be covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty, whether the vehicle is new or used. Vehicles that are under extended service contracts are not eligible for California Lemon Law claims.
- The manufacturer must have been able to attempt a repair. What qualifies as a reasonable number of attempts depends on the nature of the defect. For example, one of two repair attempts may be reasonable for serious safety defects such as brake failure or faulty airbags, while minor defects may be allowed more attempts.
- The repair must be substantial enough to impair the use of the vehicle, pose a significant safety risk to the occupants, and/or significantly lower the value of the vehicle.
- The problem cannot have been caused by the unauthorized or unreasonable use of the vehicle after it has been sold.
Can You Purchase a Warranty on a
Types of Problems Covered by The Lemon Law
Lemon Law protects consumers from faulty issues with their vehicles. Material defects must be found in order to determine whether your vehicle qualifies for the lemon law.
Some commonly seen issues that have been affected by material defects have been:
- Engine Stalling
- Engine Not Starting
- Engine Overheating
- Oil Leaks
- Fuel Leaks
- Transmission Fluid Leaks
- And much more
This list of material defects can go on, to better suit your situation it is best to consult with a California lemon law lawyer. We have handled many cases and will be able to determine if you qualify.
At the quickest, it takes 30 days to settle a lemon law case. Otherwise, it may take 3 - 6 months to be completely resolved. Depending on the situation, it may take longer because the car company may refuse to repurchase and replace the lemon law vehicle. Litigation is a way to get the car company to take action. The advantage of being in California for a lemon law case is that there is a provision in the law that requires the car company to pay the consumer’s attorney fees and costs.
How Long Does a Lemon Law Buyback Take?
A Lemon Law buyback process can take a few months to complete -- it depends on the parties involved, the vehicle, and other details of the case. However, the buyback process can go quicker if you have kept immaculate records of all of the repairs, receipts, and any other notes that may benefit your claim.
Contact the Attorneys at CA Lemon Law Firm Today!
Our Glendale firm practices exclusively in California lemon law and has handled thousands of these claims. We understand all aspects of state and federal laws and are able to walk you through this process with confidence. We settle most claims within 30 days and without requiring litigation. However, if litigation does become necessary, we will fight aggressively on your behalf. We are so confident we would be able to litigate a fair resolution for you that we would handle your case without any upfront cost to you.