Help, My Car is Broken!

If you purchase or lease a vehicle and for some reason, it does not perform under its warranty, you have certain rights under state and federal laws. For the average consumer, warranty law can be difficult to understand due to its complexity, which is why it’s important to seek the help of an experienced Lemon Law attorney. Read on as we briefly explain the “Lemon Law” and what it has to do with vehicles.

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly known as the “Lemon Law,” was designed to protect people who lease or purchase new motor vehicles. Under the Act, automotive manufacturers or their authorized dealers are required to promptly replace or return the full purchase price of a vehicle to the owner if the manufacturer or dealer are unable to repair a problematic vehicle after a “reasonable number of attempts.”

Who decides whether the lessee or owner is to accept a replacement vehicle or a full refund of the purchase price? It’s not up to the dealer or manufacturer, the buyer or lessee has the freedom to choose between a refund or a replacement. If the vehicle owner or lessee opts for a full refund, it will also include other costs, including:

  • Sales tax
  • License
  • Repair
  • Towing
  • Registration
  • Finance charges
  • Incidental damages
  • Rental car expenses

Important Timelines to Pay Attention to

If your vehicle is a “Lemon,” there are two important timelines to pay attention to. First, the Lemon Law applies to the warranty period. Please read your warranty and follow its instructions for proper maintenance. Second, there is a four-year statute of limitations for Lemon Law cases. This means that you have to file a lawsuit within four years. Since this deadline has specific rules and stipulations, it’s important to act quickly before it’s too late to file a claim. For the guidance you need, contact Norman Taylor & Associates for help resolving your issue.

For additional information about your rights under the Lemon Law, and what counts as a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair your vehicle, contact our office today!