At Shainfeld Law, our California lemon law attorney has successfully handled thousands of cases in the nearly 15 years we have been pursuing justice for our clients.

We understand that while the California Lemon Law is second nature to our law firm, it can still be incredibly confusing to consumers who are left wondering exactly when their vehicle can potentially be deemed a lemon, so they can move forward with the appropriate solutions.

The first step in pursuing a lemon law case in California is ensuring your vehicle is under a valid manufacturer warranty.

Here is what you need to know.

How to Determine if Your Vehicle Warranty is Valid

A warranty is typically a written guarantee of the reliability of a product – in this case, a vehicle – and that its manufacturer is responsible for repairing or replacing any defective parts while the warranty is valid.

During the sale process, the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer assumes the responsibility for maintaining the performance and structure of the vehicle for the duration outlined in the document.

To determine whether your vehicle warranty is valid, refer to the original paperwork provided by the manufacturer, and locate the end date that indicates when the warranty expires.

Keep in mind that generally there is a four-year deadline to file a Lemon Law claim in California. The clock typically begins when the consumer experienced warrantable problems with their vehicle.

The Warranty is Being Honored by the Dealership or Repair Representative, With No Solution in Sight

Under the California Lemon Law, a written car warranty is a binding document between a consumer and a manufacturer that is agreed upon when the vehicle is purchased.

The warranty will clearly outline and define the responsibilities of the manufacturer for repairing, replacing, or refunding the vehicle when it fails to conform to the manufacturer’s warranty.

That includes guaranteeing the parts, materials, and workmanship associated with the vehicle’s operation, and that it remains free from all defects and will perform at a specific level for a defined period.

A valid warranty will allow the consumer to continue to take their vehicle in for the qualifying number of reasonable vehicle repair attempts before it is determined that the mechanic cannot fix the issue, which is when the owner should contact our experienced California lemon law attorney to discuss their options.

Contact Our Experienced Lemon Law Attorneys in California at Shainfeld Law Today for a Free Consultation

If your vehicle is under its manufacturer’s warranty, and it spends more time at the dealership service center or auto repair shop than you do driving it, contact our experienced Los Angeles County Lemon Law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-567-2279 or request a free consultation online.