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California Lemon Law Handbook

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If you were unlucky enough to get a lemon, then you know just how frustrating one of these vehicles can be!  The California Lemon Law may offer you the relief you seek, in the form of a refund of monies and payments you have made, or a replacement vehicle.  In some cases we may potentially negotiate to have you keep your vehicle, and receive a substantial cash payment in the thousands of dollars!

In California, any vehicle that is sold new or used and covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, or “CPO” used vehicle warranty, can be a potential candidate for California lemon law protection. Here are some examples of vehicles with factory/manufacturers warranties:

1.      Manufacturers original New Vehicle Limited Warranty (typically 3 years/36,000 miles or 4 years/50,000 miles). This is more commonly known in the trade as “bumper-to-bumper” portion of the warranty.

2.      Manufacturers original New Vehicle Limited Warranty “Powertrain” coverage. (typically 5 or 6 years/up to 70,000 miles). Some manufacturer’s like Kia and Hyundai offer to the original owner a “10 year/100,000 mile Powertrain warranty”.

3.      Ford, Dodge and GM/GMC offer a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty on their diesel engine equipped 2500 and 3500 series trucks.

4.      Each manufacturer offers a “Certified Pre-Owned Warranty” on qualifying used cars. These warranties cover specific components only, and are not a “bumper-to-bumper” warranty. This is not to be confused with a “dealer certified warranty”. This is NOT from the manufacturer.

What about “extended warranties?’” There is no such thing as an “extended warranty” to BUY in from the car dealership in California (excepting Mercedes “STARMARK” used vehicle warranties). All others are merely “Service Contracts” or “Mechanical Breakdown Policies”, which are sold by the dealerships, and in California, are NOT applicable to the California lemon law.

Vehicles in   statutory requirements:

If sold or leased as NEW:

1.      Vehicle has been subject to 4 or more repairs for the same substantial problem. (this can be anytime during the whole New Vehicle Limited Warranty period/Powertrain Warranty period, or diesel engine warranty period).

2.      Vehicle has spent over 30 days in the shop cumulatively during the first 18 months/18,000 miles (whichever comes first).

3.      Vehicle has spent a continuous 30 days in the shop during the first 18 months/18,000 miles due to backordered/inability to get repair parts in

If sold or leased as USED:

1.      Vehicle’s sold with the balance of the manufacturer’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty or “Powertrain” warranty, or diesel engine warranty.

2.      Vehicle’s sold as “CPO” (Certified Pre-Owned Warranty), which is backed by the vehicle’s manufacturer

3.      Vehicle’s sold as “previous Lemon Law buybacks”. These vehicles come with a 1 year/unlimited mileage warranty by the manufacturer for the defects that made it a “lemon law buyback” by the manufacturer.

Attempting to get a manufacturer to buy back or replace your defective vehicle can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Why? – Because the automobile manufacturer does not have to do anything for you directly, as you have virtually no legal power over them. That’s why you hire an attorney. Even *if* an automobile manufacturer made you a “offer”, by dealing direct with the consumer they do NOT have to follow the California lemon law, and routinely don’t! Or worse yet, they simply offer a monthly payment back, or some other “gesture of goodwill”.

Call our offices and talk to the experts. We have settled over 8,000 Lemon Law cases during the past 20 years.  No money up-front, and cases are on a contingency fee basis. We can provide a free same-day case evaluation at no charge. Most cases are done at little or no cost to the consumer.  Call or e-mail us today.

Law Offices of William R. McGee
California Lemon Law Attorneys

411 N. Central avenue Suite 230
Glendale, California. 91203
(Corner of Central & Milford)

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