If your car spends more time at the dealership for repair than you drive it, you may have bought a lemon. Irrespective of what state you are in, you are entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund of your money if you prove that the same problem could not be fixed under a repeated number of repair attempts.
Of course, this is a frustrating experience, but you can protect yourself under Lemon Law.
The lemon law was enacted to protect consumers in case they purchase a defective vehicle. If you prove that your vehicle is a lemon, you can get a full refund and even reimbursement for any charges incurred as part of your attempt to repair the problem.
You need to have an express warranty
One precondition for a lemon claim is that you need to have an express warranty by the manufacturer. The express warranty is a guarantee about the quality of goods or services made by a seller. It usually includes a period for which the manufacturer provides a quality guarantee.
Once you have an express warranty and your car persistently causes a problem, you can be entitled to compensation or refund under Lemon Law.
You need to have dealer’s proper documentation
When you drop off the car, you need to sign a document with the details of the car’s symptoms. Make sure the dealer adequately describes the problem in this document. Similarly, when you pick up the car, make sure the documentation describes what work was done and what parts are replaced. Finally, make sure that the documentation includes dates that your car was in the shop for repairs.
In short, the lemon law requires either proof that the car was at the shop for an unusually high number of times and that the same problem persistently continues.
You can still claim for the lemon law after the recall
Recalls usually cover large groups of vehicles manufactured at a particular plant within a specific period. If your car is recalled, you can fix the issue at the dealer at no cost to you. In this case, you will have no legitimate claim under the California Lemon Law.
However, if the problem persists, you may be entitled to file a lemon law claim to fix the issue.
At times, you may face difficulties in filing a lemon law claim on your own. You may need the assistance of attorneys to ensure the compensation you deserve for your defective car.
Margarian Law Firm is a California Lemon Law attorney office that has long lasting experience fighting for the rights of individuals with lemon law claims. We can help you determine whether your vehicle qualifies for a lemon law and guide you through the whole process.
Contact The Margarian Law Firm to protect your rights.