The California lemon law protects car owners when their vehicle is defective and cannot be repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts. In such cases, the manufacture must either replace or repurchase the vehicle. One of the most common questions that California vehicle owners ask is whether California lemon law can also apply to leased vehicles.
Leased Vehicles & Lemon Law
California lemon law does apply to leased vehicles, whether they are trucks, vans, cars, or SUVs. Therefore, if you recently leased a vehicle and believe it to be defective, there are important things you should know about the process of getting compensation.
Although lemon law seems like a straightforward process, there are many elements to prove that you have a case and that you should be compensated. The key to winning a lemon law case with a leased vehicle is to prove that your vehicle is defective.
Your vehicle must have a defect that substantially impairs the value or the ability to use it safely. You should document all of the services the car has had at the authorized dealership. You should also keep all receipts and service records regarding repairs to your leased vehicle.
Below we have put together what you need to prove to demonstrate that your leased vehicle is a lemon:
- The manufacturer made two or more attempts to repair your warranty covered vehicle.
- The manufacturer has more four or more attempts to repair the same defect.
- The vehicle has spent 30+ total days in the shop to repair any number of substantial warranty-covered defects.
California Lemon Law Attorneys
If you think that your leased vehicle is a lemon, you have the right to seek compensation. Unfortunately, getting compensation isn’t as easy as asking the manufacturer to buy-out your lease and pay for your repair expenses. To obtain a successful outcome on your lemon law case, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our California lemon law attorneys have years of experience helping car owners obtain the compensation they deserve after purchasing or leasing a lemon car.