One of the most critical steps is dealing with a California dealership when you suspect your vehicle is a lemon. This can be a challenging process, but it is essential to follow the correct steps to protect your rights and prove your vehicle cannot be fixed after a reasonable number of attempts.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on handling the situation to strengthen your claim and reach a legal remedy that fits your needs.
Document the Vehicles Defects
Keep detailed records of all issues and defects with your vehicle, including dates, descriptions, and any attempts to repair them.
Ensure that the defects impair the use, value, or safety of your vehicle.
Review the Manufacturer’s Warranty
Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s warranty, coverage period, and any specific procedures for warranty claims.
Contact the Dealership
Notify the dealership where you purchased or leased the vehicle about the defects immediately. Request that they document the issues and attempt to repair them under the warranty.
Comply with Repair Attempts
Allow the dealership or manufacturer a reasonable number of repair attempts to fix the defects. In California, “reasonable” repair attempts are typically defined as four or more for the same issue or a cumulative total of 30 days out of service within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Consult Our Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney at Shainfeld Law
It is important to remember that the California Lemon Law provides consumers with legal protections, and you have rights if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon.
If the manufacturer or dealership fails to address the issues, or if your vehicle still has significant defects after the final repair opportunity, contact our experienced Los Angeles County lemon law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling (310)-295-1888 or request a free consultation online.
Our California lemon lawyer has a 99% success rate and often settles without a lawsuit in as little as 30-60 days. If a settlement cannot be reached, we may proceed to trial to pursue the best outcome.