At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon law lawyer represents defective car owners throughout California, so they understand their complete legal rights and options to pursue a claim against the manufacturer.
The first thing all California residents need to know is, the California Lemon Law gives them a great deal of leverage to use against the vehicle’s manufacturer when there is a design, mechanical, or electrical flaw that cannot be fixed.
Here is what consumers need to know.
The Vehicle’s Defect Does Not Have to Be Immediately Identified
In California, a car, truck, SUV, RV, motorcycle, travel trailer, boat, or another vehicle is considered a lemon when it is still under the manufacturer’s warranty and is defective.
Any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s original warranty that affects the vehicle’s safety, use, or value allows you to legally pursue the manufacturer for a remedy.
That means whether you noticed the defect when you drove off the lot, a month after you purchased the vehicle, or a year after its ownership, you are protected by the California lemon law when you have given the dealership the opportunity to fix the problem during a reasonable number of attempts.
Common defects that apply in California Lemon Law Cases include, but are not limited to:
- Engine issues
- Steering issues
- Poor acceleration
- Braking problems
- Non-working instruments
- Electrical issues
- Non-working locks, windows, or vehicle options
- Transmission issues
To be eligible to file a lemon law claim, the owner must have attempted to have the same issue fixed during a reasonable number of dealership appointments without reaching a remedy.
What Are My Legal Options Once My Vehicle Cannot Be Fixed?
If your vehicle cannot be fixed by the dealership after a reasonable number of attempts, we can help you pursue the manufacturer for one of three legal remedies.
You can negotiate a replacement vehicle, ask the manufacturer to issue a refund of the purchase price, including refunding the payments, down payment, and paying off the loan, in addition to reimbursing you for registration fees, taxes, and any out-of-pocket costs – like towing fees and transportation costs – associated with the lemon, or provide a cash settlement for your trouble while letting you keep the vehicle.
Contact Our Skilled Lemon Law Attorney in Los Angeles for a Free Consultation Today
If you have leased or purchased a motorized vehicle of any kind that is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, and it is exhibiting signs of being defective, 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.