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What to do if your new car has a defect

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Vehicle Defects

Discovering a defect in your new or warrantied car can be frustrating and concerning. Whether it’s a malfunctioning component or a safety issue, it’s important to understand your options.

Identifying a vehicle defect

First, determine if the issue is a defect. A defect might show up as unusual noises, mechanical failures, or electronic malfunctions. Check if other owners of the same car model are experiencing similar problems by searching online forums and recall databases. This can confirm if a recall might be necessary.

Steps to address the defect

In order to address the defect, it’s important to understand what is happening and communicate with the dealership where you purchased the car.

  • Document everything: Keep detailed records of all issues and repairs. Note dates, descriptions of the problem, and any communications with dealerships or manufacturers.
  • Contact the dealership: If your car is under warranty, contact the dealership where you purchased the vehicle. Explain the problem and arrange for an inspection.
  • Understand your warranty: Read your warranty carefully to know what it covers. This helps during discussions with service providers and helps you understand your entitlements.

Further options

If the dealership cannot fix the defect, or if the defect keeps happening after repairs, you may need to explore further action. California has lemon laws that protect consumers from chronic car issues. If your car qualifies as a “lemon,” you might get a replacement or refund.

Preventing future issues

To avoid future problems, maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Keep yourself informed about any recalls by regularly checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website or signing up for alerts.

How to effectively handle car defects

Dealing with a vehicle defect involves prompt action and thorough documentation. By understanding your options, you can effectively address issues and ensure your safety and satisfaction with your vehicle.