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Can I file a Lemon Law claim if the defect only is cosmetic?

If you are concerned about a cosmetic problem indicating a defect in your vehicle, you may wonder if it’s worth pursuing a lemon law claim. Before you make a decision, it’s worth understanding what vehicle problem counts as a defect.

Under the California Lemon Law, a vehicle problem counts as a defect if it is a manufacturing problem that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle and cannot be fixed within a reasonable number of repair attempts.

Most cosmetic problems may not substantially impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle. If your problem does not impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle, you likely will not have a claim. However, it is possible for a defect to appear cosmetic at first, only to cause serious problems later.

Other components regarding cosmetic problems include whether the problems are included in the manufacturer’s warranty and how quickly the auto manufacturer or its dealerships can resolve them. Many auto manufacturers’ warranties do not cover cosmetic damage to the vehicle, and many cosmetic issues can be easily resolved.

If you are not sure whether your vehicle problems rise to the level of the potential defect, get a free consultation with a lemon law attorney.

Consult a Lemon Law Attorney

The California Lemon Law can be complex, and so can vehicle defects. Work with an experienced lemon law attorney to discuss your legal options. During the initial consultation, you may be asked to describe your vehicle’s problems and repair history, and you may ask any questions you have about your lemon law rights.

Still have questions? Call us at (877) 222-2222.

Lemon Law Help by Knight Law Group is an automotive lemon law firm that exclusively practices in California. If you are a California resident who purchased or leased a defective vehicle from a licensed dealership in California, we may be able to help you get rid of your potential lemon and recover significant cash compensation. Model year restrictions apply: 2017–Present vehicle models only.

However, we cannot help those who reside outside of California or purchased their vehicle outside of California unless they are active duty members of the Armed Forces, nor will we be able to refer those to a lemon law firm in their states.

To learn more about the California Lemon Law and your legal rights, visit our guides on the California Lemon Law and Used Car Lemon Law for more information.

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