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Is the Manufacturer or Dealership Responsible in a Lemon Law Case?

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If you purchased or leased a lemon car, you might be wondering what you can do to get it replaced or to get a refund. Filing a lemon law claim is often the best way to see the party responsible take action for giving you an unsafe or defective vehicle. But who is responsible for a lemon law case? Our California lemon law attorneys break it down for you below.

Who Is Responsible: Manufacturer or Dealership?

In most cases, the manufacturer is the one responsible for handling lemon law cases. The manufacturer has a responsibility to send functioning and safe vehicles to dealerships. If they fail to do so, then they should be held responsible. If your vehicle is defective, the manufacturer must repair the vehicle. You may have a lemon law case if you have any of the following:

  • You took the car to the manufacturer to repair a serious issue two or more times

  • There were four or more attempts to fix any warranty problem

  • There were two or more attempts to repair issues that reduce vehicle use, value, or safety

  • You had a problem that placed the vehicle out of service for 30 or more days

It is important to note that repairs must be attempted by the manufacturer and not a private party. If the manufacturer can’t repair the vehicle then you have a lemon case.

How to File a Lemon Law Claim

If you have a lemon, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you file a lemon law claim. Dealing with manufacturers is never an easy process. You will need to build a solid case that proves that you have a lemon and that you need to be paid back for all the repairs and tow truck expenses. Our team at O’Connor Law Group, P.C. can help you get the vehicle or payments back to lessen the burden of dealing with a lemon.

Contact us today at (949) 390-9695 to schedule a consultation!