If your purchased or leased vehicle has failed to meet the manufacturer’s warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts, you have a lemon car. To get your lemon car replaced or refunded, you will need to file a lemon law claim. California lemon law protects individuals who have a new or used, purchased, or leased vehicle that was sold with a written warranty.
Not sure how to get started with your lemon law case? Our team at O’Connor Law Group, P.C. breaks it down for you below.
Take Your Vehicle in for Repairs
To protect your rights under California lemon law, you must take your vehicle to the manufacturer to get it repaired. You must give the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair your car under the warranty. If you go to an independent mechanic, you may not qualify for lemon law. It must be taken to the manufacturer.
Gather Repair Documentation
You need to get copies of all the times you went to the dealership to get your vehicle repaired. Make sure that the documents clearly show which vehicle problem you have been having and how it continues to appear. You should also gather copies of your purchase or lease agreement and your dealership repair orders.
Hire an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney
You should discuss your case with an experienced California lemon law attorney. Filing a complaint requires legal expertise, and the major manufacturers typically hire experienced defense firms to represent them in lemon law claims. Your attorney will be able to handle the legal aspects of your claim. Our team at O’Connor Law Group, P.C. is here to help you get the compensation you need after struggling to upkeep your lemon car.
Negotiate a Settlement or Litigate
Your attorney will work closely with you to negotiate a settlement. If these efforts are successful and you are offered the outcome you desired, your case will be settled. However, if you don’t receive your desired offer from the manufacturer, you can proceed to trial. Legal trials are complex and should be handled with an experienced attorney.