Last Updated: October 2021
Have you taken your 2017 Ford Fusion back to the dealership four or more times for any, or all, of these engine or transmission system problems:
Engine shuddering, hesitating, lacking power, stalling, activation of the “Transmission Overheat” warning light, activation of the “Check Engine” warning light, or grinding.
Are you thinking about making a lemon law claim?
The California Lemon Law is an important tool for consumers who purchase defective vehicles. Your car is the second-largest purchase you will make and is likely your primary means of transportation for getting to your job. Therefore, if you think your 2017 Ford Fusion is a lemon, do not let your local Ford dealership try to convince you that there is nothing wrong with the car, or take them up on an offer to “buy back” your vehicle.
A Dealership Cannot “Buy Your Car Back”
Putting you in a new car at the same payment with no money down is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from a true Lemon Law buyback.
The only entity that can truly buy your car back from you under the California Lemon Law is the automobile manufacturer. A dealership may offer a “buy back” and they may even tell you that they are “buying your car back” under the lemon law, but the dealership does not typically have that ability. What the dealership is usually doing is a dealer assisted trade-in and this solution does not give you all of the benefits of a lemon law repurchase.
Are you prepared to make a lemon law claim?
The best evidence in making a lemon law claim in California is the repair order and subsequent repair invoice provided to you by the dealership. When you take your car into the dealership for a warranty repair, make sure that:
- your service advisor accurately records your complaints on the repair order
- you do not leave the dealership without a copy of the repair order
- after the repairs have been performed, make sure that the repair invoice actually states what was repaired on your vehicle or what parts were ordered
- you do not sign the repair order until you have read it and you have made sure that what is written on the repair invoice actually matches with what your service advisor told you, and
- never leave the dealership without a final closed out copy of your repair invoice
You have had your car in service for the EXACT SAME repair more than four times and you are prepared to file a claim. Now you’re wondering:
How much does to cost to file a lemon law claim in California?
Under the California Lemon Law, the automobile manufacturer is required to pay all reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to your attorney if your attorney wins the case. To date, The California Lemon Law Group has a 100% success rate.
Some unscrupulous lemon law attorneys will charge you up front for their services. In addition, some lemon law firm retainer agreements say the firm will never charge a client for incurred attorney’s fees, but the client is solely responsible for all attorney’s costs including filing fees, process serving fees, jury fees, postage, travel, paper copies, fax copies, seeking assistance of private investigators, automobile experts, etc., even though these costs are 100% recoverable from the automobile manufacturer.
Our office does not charge anything up front and we do not take a percentage of what you are entitled to under the law.