Our Palmdale Lemon Lawyer Explains How to File a Claim
California and federal lemon laws can help you replace or receive compensation for a chronically defective vehicle. Few things are more frustrating than putting down thousands of dollars on a vehicle only to have it break down consistently. Fortunately, if you are in this position, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a lemon law claim. However, there are requirements for filing a claim in California. In this blog, our Palmdale lemon lawyer will discuss some of those requirements.
Am I Eligible for a California Lemon Law Claim?
Whether you are eligible for a California lemon law claim depends on the circumstances. You may be eligible if:
- Your new or used vehicle suffers from a defect that significantly affects its value, use and safety.
- The manufacturer made a reasonable number of attempts to repair the issue with your vehicle. A “reasonable number of attempts” depends on the defect. However, you may also qualify if your vehicle has been out of service for 30 or more days.
- Your vehicle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.
- You purchased the vehicle and received repairs for the vehicle in California. However, if you are a member of the military, there could be exceptions.
- An authorized agent made repairs on your vehicle.
- You did not purchase the vehicle from a third party (someone who is not the manufacturer).
There are additional factors that could apply to your case. You should speak with a lemon law attorney in Palmdale to learn more about the specifics of the law. Our lemon law attorney can walk you through your possible legal options during a free consultation.
What Does a Lemon Law Claim Cover?
It depends. Like with many types of civil matters, what your claim covers depends on your damages. For example, if you suffered thousands of dollars in repair expenses, then a lemon law claim might help you cover those expenses.
However, you may also be able to cover registration fees, refinancing fees and travel expenses. In some cases, the dealer may even offer you a replacement vehicle through a process called a lemon law buyback. We can help you determine how a lemon law claim could resolve your situation. Most manufacturers will give pushback and may fight you during the process. It helps to have an attorney.
Does My Used Car Apply for a California Lemon Law Claim?
In some cases, a used car may qualify for a California lemon law claim. Many of the same rules listed in the section above apply. For instance, you must have purchased the vehicle in California and received the repair attempts in-state. However, in this case, there could be exceptions for service members. Your used vehicle must have a substantial defect that significantly affects its value, use and safety.
Our lemon law attorney can help you determine if your used vehicle qualifies for a lemon law claim in California.
Contact Our Palmdale Lemon Law Attorney
Is your vehicle suffering from chronic engine, brake, electrical, or ignition problems? Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can explain California lemon law requirements. Call (661) 886-0235 or use the contact form on our site.