6 Things To Do If You Bought A Lemon Car In San Diego

6 Things To Do If You Bought A Lemon Car In San Diego

Buying a car can be an exciting experience, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you find yourself stuck with a lemon. If you purchased a vehicle in California that has substantial defects that the manufacturer is unable to repair, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement under California’s Lemon Law. Here’s what to do if you bought a lemon car in California.

  • Document The Defects

The first step when dealing with a lemon car is to document the defects. Keep a record of the problem, when it occurs, and any attempts you made to repair it. If possible, take pictures or videos of the defect and keep all repair receipts and documents.

  • Contact The Manufacturer Or Dealer

The next step is to contact the manufacturer or dealer and inform them of the problem. The manufacturer is required to attempt to fix the problem within a reasonable number of attempts. If the manufacturer is unable to fix the problem, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement.

  • File A Lemon Law Claim

If the manufacturer or dealer is unable to fix the problem, you may be entitled to file a Lemon Law claim in California. To file a claim, you must submit a written complaint to the manufacturer or dealer, including a description of the problem and the attempts made to repair it. The manufacturer is then required to respond to the claim within 30 days.

  • Hire A Lemon Law Attorney

While you are not required to hire an attorney to file a Lemon Law claim in California, it’s highly recommended to do so. An experienced Lemon Law attorney can guide you through the process, ensure that your rights are protected, and help you obtain the best possible outcome.

  • Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution

In some cases, the manufacturer may offer alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to resolve the issue. This may involve mediation or arbitration to come to a settlement. It’s important to understand the terms of the ADR process and consult with an attorney before agreeing to any settlement.

  • Pursue Legal Action

If all other options fail, you may need to pursue legal action to obtain a refund or replacement for your lemon car. A Lemon Law attorney can help you determine the best course of action and represent you in court if necessary.


How Many Attempts Must The Manufacturer Make To Repair The Defect Before I Can File A Lemon Law Claim In California?

In California, the manufacturer or dealer must be given a reasonable number of attempts to fix the problem before a Lemon Law claim can be filed. 

How Much Money Can I Receive If My Lemon Law Claim Is Successful In California?

If your Lemon Law claim is successful in California, you may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price, minus any deductions for use. 

Can I Still File A Lemon Law Claim If The Vehicle Is Out Of Warranty In California?

Yes, you may still be able to file a Lemon Law claim in California even if the vehicle is out of warranty. 


Buying a lemon car can be a frustrating and stressful experience, but there are options available to protect your consumer rights. Call Scott Law Firm P.C. at (619) 345-5599 to get in touch with us for a free estimate.

At Scott Law Group P.C. We have years of expertise assisting individuals in pursuing lemon law claims for compensation. We provide a free consultation so that you may determine whether or not you have a case, and we only get paid if we are successful in representing you in that matter. For further information, please get in touch with us right away at (619) 345-5599.

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