What to do if you bought Lemon?
You have recently bought a new car, and then you experience a defect in your vehicle. The manufacturer is refusing to repair the defect or replacing the vehicle. The vehicle may cause death or serious bodily injury if you continue to drive. California Lemon law protects you in this situation.
What is California’s Lemon Law?
California’s lemon law protects consumers who buy defective vehicles and force manufacturers to replace or repurchase the vehicle. The consumer can file a claim against the manufacturer during the period of the original manufacturer warranty.
West Coast Justice is here to help you.
At West Coast Justice, we deal and help the clients who have a lemon vehicle. We help the clients who are stuck with a lemon and tired of manufacturers’ negative or no responses. We have a consistent track record of success, where we have brought many manufacturers under trial. If you think that you have purchased a lemon vehicle, we can help you file a claim against the manufacturer. We offer you a free consultation about your claim.
How to prepare your California Lemon Law Claim?
If you have decided to file a claim against the manufacturer, you must prepare your lemon law claim well to win the case. Here are nine steps that you must take to prepare your lemon law claim.
- Check the original manufacturer’s warranty of your vehicle.
If you want to protect your rights under the California lemon law claim, you must know about the original manufacturer’s warranty. You will be eligible to file a lemon claim if your vehicle has an original manufacturer’s warranty. The duration of the warranty may vary as some manufacturers offer longer warranties than others. In order to file the lemon law claim, you must know the expiry date of the warranty. If you do not know about the expiry of the warranty, we may help you tell about the terms of the warranty.
- Give a reasonable number of attempts for repair to the manufacturer.
According to the California lemon law, a consumer must give the manufacturer a reasonable opportunity to repair the defect. Before filing your lemon law claim, make sure you have given a reasonable number of attempts to the manufacturer to fix the issue. However, there is no specific number for the opportunity. It may vary according to the defect and circumstances.
- Check all the available options to file your lemon law claim.
When you decide to file a lemon claim, it is advisable to check all the available options. Suppose your manufacturer asks you to submit a dispute in the arbitration program; think about it twice. Arbitration is not the last option that you have to choose. Most of the time, filing a lawsuit is a more successful way to claim your lemon law.
- Overview the compensation that will be given for lemon law claim
There are two primary options of compensation available under the California lemon law claim. These two options are:
- Replacement of lemon vehicle
- Repurchase of a lemon vehicle
However, it is necessary to consider other options such as an extended service contract, reimbursement for other expenses, and additional repair attempts. You can choose any option available for a lemon law claim.
- Get all the information about statutory deductions.
Federal or state law requires statutory deductions. It can be in various forms and include federal income tax, social security tax, or Medicare tax. When a manufacturer repurchases your vehicle, there are deductions that apply in certain circumstances. It is important to get all the information about statutory deductions. For example, if the vehicle is damaged more than ordinary damage, it may decrease the repurchase amount. You must be aware of all these deductions so that you can expect the amount of lemon law.
- Claim your lemon law rights before it expires
California’s lemon law has a 4-year statute of limitations. You must apply within your lemon law claim duration. If you have a 4-year time duration and take long time to claim your lemon law, it will decrease the chances of success. You should claim your lemon law rights as soon as possible to increase the chances of success.
- Hire a California Lemon law Attorney to file your claim
If you have decided to file a claim and thinking about hiring an attorney, you must hire an experienced California lemon law attorney. Lemon law claims are unique and need a knowledgeable attorney who has a lot of experience in handling such cases.
- Keep all the records safe about your vehicles repair’s history.
When you decide to claim lemon law, you must collect all the records of your vehicle’s repair history. You must have all the slip, which clearly states the problem of the vehicle. Moreover, keep copies of all the notices you sent to the manufacturer to prove your claim. You should also write down all the details about your interaction with the manufacturer. These things may be helpful as key evidence to support your claim.
- Get a Free Consultation
Finally, the last step is to get a free consultation after preparing all the above-mentioned steps. You should talk to the attorney to tell about your claim. There is no need to pay attorney fees because according to the California lemon law, a manufacturer has to pay the attorney fee and other expenses if you win the case.