Lemon Law

Nothing is more frustrating than buying or leasing a car, SUV, or truck and having it turn out to be a “lemon.” Fortunately for consumers, there are consumer protection statutes, commonly referred to as “lemon laws,” that were enacted to protect consumers from being forced to drive a defective “lemon” vehicle. If you have purchased or leased a lemon, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, or cash settlement.

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A purchaser or lessee of a motor vehicle has various legal rights under both state and federal law if the vehicle in question does not comply with the manufacturer’s warranty.The federal version of the lemon law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, covers goods, including motor vehicles, that do not comply with the manufacturer’s warranty. The purpose of the statute is to hold manufacturers accountable for their warranty obligations and to ensure that consumers are not being forced to drive defective (and often unsafe) vehicles. Under this law, consumers have a just remedy should a manufacturer breach its warranty.

The California Lemon Law or Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act protects applies when the manufacturer (via its authorized repair facilities) is unable to repair the vehicle within a reasonable timeframe or reasonable number of repair attempts. It requires manufacturers to repurchase or replace vehicles that its dealerships (also known as, authorized repair facilities) are unable to repair after being presented for repairs a reasonable number of times (or, in certain circumstances, if the dealership keeps the vehicle for an excessive number of days before completing the repair).

California’s Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles sold or leased with the manufacturer’s warranty that have been purchased or leased for personal, family, or household purposes

Typically, a car may be considered to be a “lemon” if:

  • A vehicle has been in the shop for a cumulative total of 30 or more days
  • The authorized repair facility (“dealer”) was unable to repair a warrantable defect after three or more attempts (two or more attempts may be considered sufficient where the defect impacts the vehicle’s safety)

It’s important to note that the above conditions are not always necessary or sufficient. Therefore, it is in your best interest to speak with a knowledgeable consumer rights attorney — sometimes referred to in these instances as a lemon law attorney — for legal advice about whether your vehicle might qualify for repurchase or replacement under state and/or federal lemon laws. If the manufacturer fails to comply with these requirements, you may also be entitled to additional damages, sometimes referred to as a “civil penalty.” A civil penalty is intended as punishment for a manufacturer’s willful failure to comply with the Song Beverly Act (“lemon law”).

At Strategic Legal Practices, we have helped many consumers get relief through federal and state lemon laws. We may be able to help you recover a refund, replacement, or cash settlement for a defective vehicle (even if it’s a used car or you no longer own it).

We have a team of experienced attorneys ready to provide skilled legal representation and stand up to the auto-industry on your behalf. If you feel that the manufacturer and its dealerships are not providing the help they should, give us a call and see if we can help. Don’t settle for a compromise that is not in your best interest. It is your right to pursue legal action and we can help. Having the right attorney on your side makes all the difference when it comes to litigating a successful case.

If we take your case, you will not pay us any upfront fee because we work on a contingency basis. The California Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to pay attorney fees incurred by the consumer together with any cost incurred when the consumer prevails.

If you believe that your vehicle is a lemon and want help in dealing with the dealership and/or manufacturer, contact our office for a free consultation. Feel free to contact us any time, day or night.

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