Inquiring about the duration of a California Lemon Law case? Well, the time it takes to resolve such a case can vary, ranging from several weeks to several months. Numerous factors contribute to the length of time needed to reach a resolution.
Factors Influencing the Duration of Your Lemon Law Claim
Several elements come into play when determining how long it will take to resolve a Lemon Law claim. These factors include the complexity of the case, the level of cooperation from the manufacturer or dealer, and the specific legal procedures involved. A straightforward case with no disputes over the nature or cause of the defects can be resolved relatively quickly. Conversely, a case involving multiple defects or intricate legal issues may require more time for resolution.
Another vital aspect is the level of cooperation from the manufacturer or dealer. If they are responsive and cooperative, promptly providing the necessary information or documentation, it can expedite the resolution process. However, if the manufacturer is unresponsive or uncooperative, it may prolong the case.
Identifying whether Your Car Qualifies as a Lemon Under California Law
According to California law, a car is considered a lemon if it exhibits a significant defect or recurring problem that cannot be remedied after a reasonable number of attempts. The California Lemon Law applies to both new and used vehicles that are still under warranty. This includes cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and RVs.
To determine if your car qualifies as a lemon under California law, certain requirements must be met. The defect or problem must be covered by the warranty, and the manufacturer or dealer must have been given a reasonable number of attempts to repair it. Typically, this means three or more repair attempts or the vehicle being out of service for a total of 30 days or more.
The Role of a Lemon Law Attorney in Expediting Your Case
Hiring a Lemon Law attorney can significantly reduce the timeline of your case. An experienced attorney possesses a thorough understanding of the legal process and can efficiently navigate it to help you reach a resolution as swiftly as possible.
One way in which a Lemon Law attorney can expedite the timeline is by ensuring all necessary documentation and information is collected and organized promptly. This includes repair invoices, work orders, service reports, and any other relevant documents. A complete and well-organized file can accelerate the review and evaluation of the case by the manufacturer or dealer.
Recent Client Case Examples
Let’s explore the timelines of a few recent clients to gain a better understanding:
1.) 2021 GMC Sierra – 2.5 months
In this case, we successfully resolved the matter through informal negotiations with General Motors. The entire process took approximately 2.5 months, starting from the initiation until surrendering the vehicle. The primary complaint revolved around persistent noise and vibration stemming from the suspension system. Despite multiple attempts to address the issue through warranty repairs, the problems persisted. Through constructive discussions, General Motors agreed to repurchase the truck, reimburse the consumer for expenses (excluding a usage fee), and cover attorney fees and associated costs.
2.) 2021 Volkswagen Jetta – 2.5 months
In this prelitigation case, we achieved a resolution through informal means with Volkswagen within two months. The case involved recurring transmission issues, such as lurching, erratic RPM fluctuations, grinding noises, and other complaints. Through negotiations, Volkswagen agreed to a favorable settlement known as “cash and keep,” allowing the client to retain the car. Monetary compensation was provided, covering both attorney fees and associated costs.
3.) 2019 Nissan Rogue – 4 months
Our client resolved this case informally with Nissan North America, lasting approximately 4 months. The primary concerns centered around persistent electrical defects, malfunctioning windows, radar system issues, and unexpected halts while driving. Despite multiple attempts at warranty repairs, the issues remained unresolved. Following negotiations, Nissan repurchased the car, covered expenses (excluding a usage fee), and assumed responsibility for attorney fees and associated costs.
4.) 2019 Chevrolet Silverado – 14 months
In this litigation case lasting approximately 14 months, legal action was taken against General Motors due to repetitive warranty repairs for the notorious ‘Chevy Shake.’ The truck experienced excessive shaking, trembling, and vibrations. General Motors ultimately repurchased the truck, refunded down payments, monthly payments (after deducting a usage fee), and incidental expenses. Civil penalties and 100% coverage of attorney fees and associated costs were also provided.
5.) 2020 Nissan Sentra – 16 months
Here, legal proceedings were initiated, leading to a resolution comprising a repurchase arrangement and civil penalties over a period of approximately 16 months. The case revolved around recurring warranty repairs for a defective CVT transmission, resulting in issues like delays in acceleration and lurching. Nissan agreed to repurchase the car, reimburse expenses, waive the usage fee, provide civil penalties exceeding actual damages, and cover 100% of attorney fees and associated costs.
Contact Our Lemon Law Attorneys
If you’ve purchased or leased a defective vehicle, the Lemon Law Experts are here to help. We understand the frustration and inconvenience that comes with owning a lemon, and we are committed to protecting your rights and obtaining a fair resolution.
Our experienced attorneys specialize in handling Lemon Law cases, well-versed in the nuances of California Lemon Law. We will work closely with you to evaluate your case, gather all necessary documentation, and negotiate with the manufacturer or dealer for a refund, replacement vehicle, or cash settlement.
Our goal is to provide you with the legal support you need to secure both the compensation and justice you deserve, as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us for a free consultation today to see how Garrity Traina can help you with your Lemon Law case. Garrity Traina