Last Updated: October 2022
The California Lemon Law Group has successfully settled thousands of lemon law cases for California residents. Case settlements vary among vehicle owners and their particular situation. However, all of our lemon law cases have a few things in common, such as:
- The vehicle meets all of the requirements to file a lemon law case.
- The vehicle was purchased, registered, and repaired in the state of California.
- The defect substantially impaired the use, value or safety of the vehicle.
- The majority of our lemon law cases have involved faulty transmissions and engines.
- NONE of our clients have had to pay us ANYTHING to settle their case!
What Makes Your Vehicle a Candidate for a Lemon Law Case?
Not all problematic cars and trucks are considered “lemons.”
We all expect our new car to operate properly. As extremely annoying as it may be, defects such as radio, bluetooth, wind noise, or navigation system not working correctly do not rise to the level of a “substantial impairment” under the law.
In order for us to obtain a full lemon law repurchase for you pursuant to California’s Lemon Law, we have to prove 3 things:
- Your vehicle was taken to a factory authorized dealership for a specific defect four or more times (for the exact SAME problem each time); and
- The defect cannot be repaired under the original factory warranty after four or more repair visits; and
- The defect substantially impairs your use, value, or safety.
Did You Purchase and Register Your Vehicle in California?
Not all states have lemon laws. California has one of the strongest and most pro-consumer lemon laws in the entire country. The California Lemon Law Group, Inc., has offices located throughout the state of California and represents consumers statewide.
Is Your Vehicle Substantially Impaired?
The substantial impairment requirement means that your vehicle’s defect needs to be serious enough that it severely impacted your use, value, or safety. If you are putting more than 20,000 miles on your vehicle per year, this makes it extremely difficult to prove that your use, value, or safety have been substantially impaired.
Don’t count on the dealership to have an accurate record of every time you have brought your vehicle in for repair(s) and exactly what measures they took in an attempt to remedy the situation.
When you take your car into the dealership for a warranty repair, make sure that your service advisor accurately records you complaint on the repair order, and make sure that you do not leave the dealership without a copy of the repair order. In addition, when you pick your vehicle up after the repair has been performed, look at the repair invoice and make sure that it actually states what was repaired. Do not sign the repair order until you have read it and it matches up with what your service advisor told you.
What’s the Most Common Vehicle Defect Resulting in a Lemon Law Case?
The majority of our lemon law cases have involved faulty transmissions and engines, with the greatest number of cases being among Ford and GM owners. With each make and model, the defect may vary slightly, but overall, the main problems have been:
- Lacking power, stalling
- Activation of the “Transmission Overheat” warning light
- Activation of the “Check Engine” warning light
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- Sputtering and stalling
- Engine vibrations
- Steering locks up
- Check engine light activating
- Hesitation or lagging upon acceleration
- Loss of power
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Our Firm Charges Nothing to Our Clients
Under the California Lemon Law, we recover 100% of our attorney’s fees and costs from the defendant. The automobile manufacturer is required to pay all reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to Plaintiff’s attorney if that attorney wins the case!
In addition, you don’t pay for our:
- travel and lodging,
- office supplies,
- assistance from private investigators, or
- automotive expert inspections on your vehicle
Plus: If we need to hire an expert witness, we pay their fees.
Do not sign a retainer agreement that gives an attorney YOUR money!
Still not sure whether your new, used, or leased vehicle can be considered a lemon under the California Lemon Law?
Give us a call at 1-855-595-3666