If you bought or leased a defective vehicle in California, you may be entitled to restitution or compensation under the California Lemon Law. However, that restitution or compensation will depend on the facts of your case.
Lemon owners and lessees may be eligible for a refund or a repurchase of their vehicle. Here are the three main outcomes of a California lemon law claim:
- Refund For Your Vehicle: This is commonly known as a “Lemon Law Buyback.” If you win, the auto manufacturer may have to repurchase your vehicle for an amount equal to your vehicle’s total amount paid or payable, minus a specific deduction. The deduction is based on the number of miles you were able to drive before your vehicle’s defect appeared. The amount the auto manufacturer owes you may include down payments, monthly payments and other costs associated with buying or leasing the vehicle.
- Replacement Vehicle: If you opt for a vehicle replacement, the auto manufacturer will be required to provide a replacement vehicle that is “substantially identical” to your original vehicle (except, of course, without the defects). The auto manufacturer is on the hook for any fees and taxes associated with purchasing that vehicle.
- Cash And Keep Settlement: This is a settlement amount you receive for your vehicle (and it may or may not be equal to the amount you would have received for a refund), and you keep the vehicle. What you decide to do with the vehicle is up to you, but we do not recommend continuing to drive a vehicle that you once suspected to be defective.
If you would like to know more about the lemon law process, we recommend that you learn the types of vehicles protected by lemon law, the criteria for a lemon vehicle, what sort of evidence helps a lemon law claim, and the advantages of hiring a lemon law attorney.
If you suspect that your auto manufacturer sold or leased you a lemon, don’t hesitate to contact our lemon law attorneys for an initial consultation. We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Best part? Our services will cost you nothing out of pocket. Call now: 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: 2016–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.