If you own or lease a Chevrolet vehicle that has a persistent defect or chronic problem, you may be entitled to a remedy under the California Lemon Law. A “lemon” is a vehicle with a defect that cannot be repaired by the dealership within a reasonable number of attempts. At Young & Young APC, our Chevrolet Los Angeles Lemon Law attorneys can help you bring a claim to pursue a vehicle buyback, vehicle replacement or cash settlement. Find out more during a free case consultation.
Chevrolet – often shortened to Chevy – is an automobile company under General Motors (GM). It was founded in 1911 and has produced over 200 million cars, trucks and SUVs. While Chevrolet boasts that it is the most awarded brand for new vehicle quality, it has been the center of numerous complaints by consumers regarding vehicle defects.
Chevrolet was behind only Ford in the number of complaints sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2020 to 2022. A total of 7,303 complaints regarding Chevrolet vehicles were submitted. Below is a breakdown of the number of complaints regarding specific vehicle models produced by Chevrolet:
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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Some of the most common defects reported with Chevrolet vehicles involve the engine, ignition switches, transmission, steering system, electrical system, cooling system, and airbags. If a defect is a substantial impairment to the use, value, or safety of the motor vehicle, the consumer is entitled to financial compensation or another resolution from the automobile manufacturer in California under the Lemon Law.
Many Chevy owners dealing with a lemon aren’t sure when their vehicle qualifies as having had enough “reasonable repair attempts” to apply the lemon law. While the word “reasonable” seems vague, it’s typically left that way so the law is more adaptable to different situations. In general, the lemon law qualifies vehicles in the following circumstances as having had enough reasonable repair attempts to meet the requirements of the lemon law:
If any of the above examples fit your experience with a Chevrolet, you may be entitled to a repurchase or replacement of your vehicle.
A recall is a notice that warns the public of a safety issue or significant defect with a product. To find out if your Chevrolet vehicle is involved in a recall, you can use the NHTSA’s online VIN search tool. You can also use Chevrolet’s GM Recall Search Tool. Recent Chevrolet and GM recalls include:
Note that your Chevrolet vehicle does not have to currently be part of a recall to qualify you for a resolution under the California Lemon Law. You also do not have to act within 18,000 miles or 18 months of the vehicle’s delivery to be eligible for a remedy.
If your Chevy fits the legal requirements of a lemon law claim, the first step toward a buyback is to contact a Chevrolet Lemon Law Lawyer. A seasoned lemon law lawyer understands the tactics manufacturers sometimes use to undervalue or deny your claim.
A lemon law lawyer can address the following points to prove a lemon law case:
Sadly, some owners try to rid themselves of a lemon by simply returning the vehicle to the dealership as a trade-in vehicle. If you’ve bought a used car only to find out you’ve bought someone else’s lemon, you may be wondering if the lemon law applies to a used Chevrolet as well as a new one. The good news is that your used lemon might qualify for buyback or replacement if it meets the following conditions:
If the manufacturer attempts to evade the lemon law, they will have to pay your damages and attorney’s fees if the lemon law applies to your used vehicle.
You have rights as someone who has purchased or leased a new or used Chevrolet with a defect in California. GM has an obligation to remedy the situation by reimbursing your expenses in full, buying back the lemon vehicle, or providing a replacement. The experienced Chevrolet Lemon Law attorneys at Young & Young APC can help you file a claim in your county. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation near you. Call (833) LEMON-00 (536-6600).
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