The Northern California lemon law attorneys at YOUNG & YOUNG APC focus exclusively on the prosecution of lemon law claims. Our experienced attorneys represent clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland, Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Santa Clara County, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz County, Silicon Valley, and throughout California. Our team has successfully settled countless lemon law claims against every major auto manufacturer throughout the state. If you bought or leased a defective vehicle in California and the dealer is unable to repair the vehicle within the manufacturer’s warranty period, you may qualify for a lemon law repurchase or replacement vehicle.
How do you know if your vehicle is covered by the California lemon law?
The lemon law in California protects consumers who have purchased or leased a new or used vehicle within the manufacturer’s original warranty period. In California, the lemon law requires a manufacturer to promptly repurchase or replace a vehicle when the dealership is unable to repair the vehicle after a “reasonable” number of repair attempts or within a reasonable amount of time.
If your vehicle was sold or leased in California, ask the following questions:
- Does your vehicle have a problem that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety?
- Did the dealer or manufacturer have a “reasonable” opportunity to fix the problem within the manufacturer’s original warranty period?
If you answered yes to those questions, you may be entitled to compensation under the state’s lemon law.
What is considered a reasonable opportunity to repair the vehicle?
The California lemon law does not specifically state the number of repair visits necessary to satisfy this requirement. The “reasonable opportunity to repair” element is determined on a case-by-case basis in relation to the severity of the vehicle’s defect. For safety-related defects, this could mean as little as two repair attempts. If the defect is not safety-related, the law generally requires more repair attempts. It is important to note that this requirement may also be satisfied if the vehicle is in the repair facility for a cumulative total of more than 30 days (not necessarily all at one time).
What compensation can you receive for this case?
If your vehicle is defective and has not been repaired within a reasonable amount of time or the reasonable number of repair attempts, contact our lemon law attorneys today. At Young & Young APC, we want to ensure you receive compensation through California’s lemon laws. This can include:
- A refund of all amounts paid or payable for the purchase or lease of your vehicle (less a statutory mileage offset or “good use” credit for miles driven before the first repair attempt); or
- A replacement vehicle of the same MSRP value; or
- A cash settlement.