At Shainfeld Law, P.C. our California lemon law attorney knows how frustrating it is for our California clients to purchase a new or used vehicle under warranty, only to see it spend more time at the mechanic’s shop than on the road.

Fortunately, when a mechanic cannot fix the vehicle in a reasonable number of attempts, our California Lemon Law may provide the protection you need to get your money back.

What Qualifies as a Lemon in California?

A defective vehicle that is purchased or leased under warranty, whether it is a car, truck, or SUV, may qualify as a lemon.

The first requirement for pursuing a lemon law claim in California is that the vehicle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.

The second is that the vehicle has undergone a reasonable number of repair attempts. In short, manufacturers are only allowed a certain number of attempts at fixing your car before you can pursue a lemon law claim.

That includes:

  • Two or more times for a defect that could cause death or bodily harm.
  • Four or more times for the same defect.
  • The defect leaves your vehicle out of service for more than 30 days, which does not have to be consecutive, since its purchase.

If these things are true, you may have a valid California Lemon Law claim that allows you to pursue the manufacturer to get your money back.

How Can I Get the Money I Paid For My Car Back from the Manufacturer?

When our California lemon law firm builds a successful claim against the manufacturer, our client — you, the consumer — has three potential options.

The manufacturer may:

  • Replace your vehicle
  • Repurchase your vehicle
  • Offer a cash settlement for your vehicle

That includes a refund of all cash you spent to buy the vehicle and any additional expenses that were incurred during its use.


  • Down payment
  • All monthly payments
  • Interest
  • Taxes
  • Rental cars or other transportation costs and towing expense reimbursement
  • Balance of the loan

The manufacturer should also compensate the owner for GAP insurance or service agreements that were purchased with the vehicle, so they are truly made whole again through the lemon law buyback solution.

If you would like to purchase your vehicle manufacturer for the money you have put into a lemon, contact our experienced California Lemon Law attorney today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

The manufacturer will also be liable for our legal fees, so you will pay nothing out of pocket for our services.

Contact Our Skilled Lemon Law Attorney in Los Angeles for a Free Consultation Today

If you are experiencing ongoing mechanical trouble with a vehicle that is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, contact our experienced Los Angeles Lemon Law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-567-2279 or request a free consultation online.

Call us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the manufacturer for your full recovery.

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