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At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon law attorney in Los Angeles knows that when our clients purchase a new or used vehicle that is under warranty in California, they feel protected from any vehicle issues that may arise.
Unfortunately, when things go wrong with a new or used vehicle, the dealership may not have many answers outside of admitting the car, truck, or SUV for repairs. In the end, if you leased or purchased a defective vehicle in California, it is highly likely that you are entitled to compensation.
This requires pursuing the manufacturer directly, not the dealership (more on this later). However, there are multiple reasons a consumer may feel suing their dealership is their only recourse to achieve justice. In some cases, that may be true.
When Can Consumers Sue Vehicle Dealerships in California?
The major reason consumers will sue their dealerships for a positive outcome after a vehicle lease or purchase has gone wrong is:
- Breach of Contract
Signing a vehicle purchase agreement is not something anyone should take lightly — including the dealership. If the California dealership where you purchased or leased your vehicle does not fulfill its legal obligations outlined in either the sales or financing contract, you may have a valid legal claim.
- Fraud or Deception
While shopping for a vehicle at a dealership brings a sense of security, not everyone is operating in the same truthful space. If an employee or another car dealership representative has lied to you or engaged in deceptive practices to get you to purchase a vehicle, you may have a valid legal claim for fraud.
If the car dealership is responsible for causing damage to your vehicle or failed to properly maintain it, you may have a valid legal claim for negligence.
The Dealership Has Violated California’s Lemon Law
Federal and state consumer protection laws are in place to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices, which brings us to the most common reason consumers may consider suing their dealership.
If you have purchased a “lemon” — a vehicle that has undergone a qualifying number of repair attempts, or has been in the repair shop for a total of 30 days or more and repairs have not been made or were unsuccessful — you may be eligible to file a claim under the California Lemon Law.
Contact our experienced Los Angeles County lemon law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-609-2593 or request a free consultation online. We will pursue the vehicle’s manufacturer for a legal remedy that fits your needs, including our legal fees, so you will never pay any out-of-pocket costs to pursue a positive outcome.
We have a 99% success rate, and typically produce results for our California lemon law clients in as little as 30-60 days. Call us now to learn more.