When the holidays begin to roll around, you probably see those commercials where one spouse gives the other a brand new vehicle. While we realize most people are not giving each other vehicles for the holidays, there are many people buying new vehicles around this time of year.
But what happens if something goes wrong with your vehicle?
While you should be able to depend on a new car warranty, there are times when you may have to depend on California’s Lemon Laws to get your vehicle replaced. At Young & Young APC, our Los Angeles Lemon Law attorneys are ready to help you with your case.
When do California’s lemon laws apply?
If you have a new vehicle that is not working properly, and that the dealer cannot get fixed, you need to know when the state’s Lemon Laws take effect. These laws cover all new vehicles as well as those used and leased that are still covered by the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty. These laws only cover vehicles sold or leased in California.
- These laws require automakers to replace or buy back a vehicle that does not function properly, but only after a “reasonable” number of attempts at fixing the problem.
The confusion with this has to do with how “reasonable” is defined. There are some general guidelines for this:
- The manufacturer or dealer has tried at least two times to repair a problem that, if left unrepaired, could cause injury or death.
- The manufacturer or dealer has tried to fix the same problem at least four times.
- The vehicle has been “in the shop” for repairs for more than 30 total days (this does not have to be a consecutive 30 days).
If you or a loved one got a new car for the holidays, or are planning on getting one in the new year, be sure you understand the California Lemon Laws. If your vehicle begins to malfunction, keep all documentation of the incidents that occur. Keep all records, receipts, and documentation of payments. All of this could help when it comes to getting your vehicle properly repaired or replaced entirely.
We can help you through this problem
If you or somebody you care about has purchased a new vehicle that is faulty and the dealer will not properly fix or replace it, you may need assistance from an attorney. At Young & Young APC, we thoroughly understand California lemon laws and are on a mission to protect consumers. We will work to ensure you are properly compensated for the following:
- any down payment that was made
- monthly payments that have already been made
- a full payoff of the loan
- costs for repairs, towing, and rental vehicles
- a new vehicle similar to the defective one