General Motors (GM) is an auto giant. The parent company of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC, GM sells millions of cars, trucks, and SUVs in the United States every year. Some of these cars are, by legal standards, lemons.
Under California Lemon Laws, if your GM has demonstrated persistent mechanical or functionality issues within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first), you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement. There are, however, certain steps that must be taken to document the problems and GM's inability to fix them.
To protect your rights, make sure you:
- Take your car to the dealership for repairs. If the dealership does not have a repair center, they will refer you to an authorized repair facility
- Carefully review the repair invoice to ensure it accurately describes the issues with the vehicle
- Keep detailed records of performance issues, along with all invoices of repair, to present as evidence that your GM is a lemon
What is a Lemon?
According to the Tanner Consumer Protection Act, a lemon is a vehicle that has been driven fewer than 18 months or less than 18,000 miles, but has spent 30 or more days in the repair shop for the same issue. You may also have a lemon if two or more repair attempts have failed to fix the problem.
Over the years, GM vehicles have exhibited a number of defects that have qualified owners or lessees to a refund or replacement. Some of the most common are:
- Engine problems
- Oil leaks
- Faulty wiring
- Gear problems
- Defective A/C
- Rough idling, sputtering and/or stalling
- Power steering problems
- Break system issues
- Lag or hesitation upon acceleration
- Fuel system/pump issues
- Water pump failure
- And much more
If your vehicle has consistently been in the shop for the same issue – you may have a lemon on your hands.
Do You Need an Attorney?
You may have documentation that proves your car is a lemon. Your vehicle’s constant repairs may clearly fall under California Lemon Laws and entitle you to a refund or replacement. That doesn’t mean the process is going to be easy. It is always best to have an experienced and effective law firm on your side when you are dealing with a lemon – one whose attorneys know Lemon Laws and can protect your rights while helping you achieve the most equitable solution.
If you live in the South Bay area, Kirtland & Packard is here to help. Call our Redondo Beach office at 310-536-1000 to schedule your complimentary case review and learn how.