Our California Lemon Law was designed to protect consumers from the potential safety hazards and financial hardships brought on by purchasing or leasing a defective vehicle.
However, these consumer-friendly laws are not simply going to take effect when a car that is under warranty begins to malfunction.
If your vehicle is less than five years old, is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, and begins showing signs of defective issues that your dealership or certified mechanic cannot fix, it is time to take a few simple but concrete steps to start the lemon law claim process.
At Shainfeld Law, our California lemon law attorney has a few tips that can help.
Tip One: Start the Maintenance and Repair Process Right Away
The moment you notice performance or structure trouble with the vehicle which may include, but is not limited to, transmission slips, braking problems, or unusual sounds coming from the engine make an appointment with the dealership or certified mechanic identified under the warranty to address the issue right away.
This is the first step in laying the foundation for a California lemon law claim.
Tip Two: Keep Records for Everything Vehicle Related
Keeping records regarding the vehicle’s defects and how they affect your ability to drive the car, truck, or SUV will help solidify your California lemon law claim, and it is easier than you think.
You do not need to hire a secretary to ensure the details of your vehicle trouble is fully recorded, simply grab a notebook, a pen, and write down (or type into your cellphone):
- Each time the vehicle has exhibited trouble, including stalling, jerking, or other issues
- Conversations you have had with the manufacturer, dealership, or repair shop
- Retain all receipts and repair orders to create a timeline of the overall repair attempts
- Instances where you have had to rent a car, take public transportation, taxis, or rideshares while your vehicle was being repaired
When you or your California Lemon Law attorney do not have to spend time requesting copies of receipts and repair orders, the legal process moves much faster.
Tip Three: Contact Our Skilled California Lemon Law Attorneys at Shainfeld Law Today
If you are experiencing ongoing mechanical trouble with a vehicle that is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, 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 to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the manufacturer for your full recovery.