At Norman Taylor & Associates we get inquiries about the
lemon law every day. We always ask for the accident history. We do so because if
the vehicle has been involved in an accident we know that the dealerships
are going to try blame defects on the accident. We don’t argue that
some accidents could cause defects that might otherwise be appropriate
for a lemon law case.
Here’s one way the dealership tries to minimize their costs. You
have a minor rear-ender. It barely scrapes the paint. Six months later
you start having problems with the front suspension. The dealership refuses
to repair the vehicle under warranty and recommends that you talk to your
insurance agent. This or similar scenarios are surprisingly common. It
is such an obvious scam.
Dealerships have warranty repair budgets, which because of the surprisingly
poor quality of modern automobiles, keeps dealership repair facilities
very busy. When the warranty repair budget is consumed the dealership
has to eat the cost of repairs instead of billing the manufacturer. If
the dealership can deflect the cost of a repair from their budget to the
consumer’s insurance carrier, they may increase their profit margin.
How motivated is the dealership to do this?
When a California lemon law lawyer analyzes a client’s repair documents,
they watch for these situations carefully. We make every effort to determine
how accidents might affect a lemon law case. We also know how dealerships
play fast and loose with the truth. It is our business to know. If you
have a lemon and the dealership is trying to blame the defects on an accident,
contact a California Lemon Law attorney right away.