What the Lemon Law Covers
Understanding your potential financial benefits when filing a Lemon Law claim in California.
Under California’s Lemon Law, consumers may be entitled to a buyback refund, replacement, or cash compensation if their vehicle meets certain criteria, such as having a substantial defect that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts.
So what kind of coverage can you expect from your Lemon Law claim? Depending on the type of vehicle as well as the defect, the potential financial benefits of filing a successful Lemon Law claim in California can include:
- Refund of purchase price: if your vehicle qualifies under the California Lemon Law, you may be entitled to a refund of the purchase price or the cost of any down payment, monthly payments, and fees associated with the purchase.
- Replacement vehicle: if a buyback refund is not preferable, the consumer may be entitled to a replacement vehicle of equal or lesser value.
- Reimbursement of expenses: if a consumer incurs any out-of-pocket expenses related to the defect, such as repair costs or rental car fees, they may be entitled to reimbursement for these expenses. Be sure to keep a record of all invoices, receipts, and other pertinent correspondence to support your claim.
- Attorney’s fees: if a consumer prevails in a California Lemon Law claim, the manufacturer may be required to pay their lawyer’s fees.
The exact financial benefits of a successful California Lemon Law claim depend on the specific details of each case. For example, whether your car is new with a manufacturer’s warranty, or if you have a purchased CPO Vehicle that’s still under the manufacturer’s warranty, or if the dealer provided a warranty at the time of the purchase. However, by pursuing a Lemon Law claim, consumers can potentially recover a significant amount of money and avoid ongoing expenses associated with a defective vehicle.
To help you determine your best course of action, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with the Lemon Law experts at Strategic Legal Practices (slpattorney.com) today. We’ll not only walk you through the entire process, we’ll work with you to ensure you get everything you’re entitled to.