How To Know When You Have A Lemon In San Diego
If your car is a lemon, it may be eligible for coverage under the California Lemon Law. Eligibility may depend on the vehicle’s age, mileage, and warranty, the number of repair attempts you undergo, and how long your vehicle stays in auto repair shops. If you think you may have a lemon on your hands, here are a few things to look out for:
- Your car has been in the shop for 30 days or more within the first 12 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- You’ve had four or more repairs made to the same problem
- The problem with your car is considered a safety hazard
- The problem with your car substantially impairs its use, value, or safety
If you believe your car meets any of the above criteria, you may have a lemon on your hands. If you’re not sure, your best bet is to consult with an attorney who specializes in Lemon Law cases. They can help you determine whether or not you have a case and, if so, how to proceed.
Check the Manufacturer’s Warranties
Most new cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers certain defects for a certain period of time. In California, the minimum coverage is 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. If your car is still under warranty and you’ve been having problems with it, you may be able to have the repairs covered by the manufacturer.
To take advantage of this, you’ll need to notify the manufacturer of the problem in writing and give them a chance to fix it. This is often referred to as the “lemon law notice.” Be sure to include your name and contact information, the vehicle identification number (VIN), a description of the problem, and dates and mileage for when the problem occurred. You should also keep copies of all repair orders and correspondence with the manufacturer.
If you’ve followed the above steps and the manufacturer is unable to fix the problem, you may be eligible for a refund or replacement under the lemon law.
You can find more information on the California Lemon Law by giving Scott Law Group P.C. a call at (619) 345-5599.
If you believe you have a lemon, please give the experts of Scott Law Group P.C. a call at (619) 345-5599 for a free California Lemon Law evaluation now.
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