Lemon Laws are designed to protect people who have purchased cars that do not meet safety or other performance standards. Many Californians are either unaware that California has a Lemon Law or, for a variety of reasons, falsely believe that it doesn’t provide them with any rights as consumers. California actually has a very consumer-friendly Lemon Law that protects both buyers and lessees of new and used vehicles. The law applies to cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motor homes and registered motorcycles.
In order for your Chevrolet vehicle to qualify as a lemon under the California Lemon Law, the issues you are facing with your Chevrolet must be considered substantial. This means that the problems must substantially impact the use, value, or safety of your Chevrolet vehicle. A common misconception is that in order for a Chevy or other vehicle to qualify as a lemon, the problems must impact the safety of the vehicle. This is not true. Some examples of problems that could be considered substantial are problems involving:
- Electrical systems
- Air conditioning/heating systems
- Back up cameras
- Water leaks
There are several possible scenarios that qualify your Chevrolet car for monetary recovery or vehicle replacement under the California Lemon Law. It is important to remember that your vehicle does not have to be brand new, or have incredibly low mileage in order to be protected. Even if you have over 50,000 miles on your Chevy, if you took it in for repair while it was still under warranty it could still potentially be considered a lemon. Technically, even if it is no longer under warranty there is still a possibility of qualifying if there is an ongoing problem that required it to be in the shop several times prior to the expiration of the warranty.
Additionally, your Chevrolet vehicle could qualify as a lemon if it has been in the shop for an excessive number of days since you took possession of the car – even if all of the repairs have been for separate issues. A Chevy vehicle that needs to be constantly repaired for different issues can often qualify as one that is substantially impaired under the Lemon Law.
Chevrolet, also commonly referred to as Chevy, is an American vehicle brand owned by General Motors and based out of Detroit Michigan. Chevrolet is the largest selling brand owned by General Motors who also owns Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Chevrolet has been a leader in automotive innovation for over 100 years – since they were founded in 1911.
Chevrolet is a global automotive brand that employs over 20,000 people and currently produces about 18 different models. The most popular models include the Silverado, the Equinox, the Malibu, the Cruze, and the Traverse. They are owned by General Motors, who is currently the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world, behind Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai/Kia.
Common Chevrolet Vehicle Defects
Despite the fact that Chevrolet has been making cars for over 100 years, there is still a possibility of a defective vehicle. Manufacturing mistakes, disruptions in the system, or design issues, can cause a Chevrolet lemon car to end up being driven off the lot. There are numerous possible defects that could cause a Chevy car to be a lemon.
Some of the common defects that people have complained about with regard to their Chevy cars include:
- Engine oil leaks
- Airbag issues
- Diesel leaks
- Loud clunking noises from the engines
- Vibration of the engine
- Navigation failures
- Shifting hesitation
- Loss of power
- Transmission failures
Chevy cars are known to have high safety ratings, and they have the awards to prove it, but they have still had to issue numerous recalls over the years for safety-related and other reasons. Some of the recent recalls Chevrolet has had to issue for some of their vehicles include:
- Potential software glitch that could disable vehicle brake systems
- Faulty ignition switch
- Takata airbag inflators can explode
- Loose bolts could cause a rollaway risk
- Potential sudden loss of power steering at any time
- Faulty fuel sensor could cause leaks that could cause a fire
- Incorrect glass installation (could explode in an impact)
Contact An Experienced Lemon Law Attorney Right Away
If you have had several repair attempts and are still having issues with your Chevrolet vehicle, there is no reason to suffer any longer. Make sure to keep all documentation of the repairs done to your Chevy vehicle as well as all the calls and appointments you have made. Then reach out to a California Lemon Law Attorney right away.
If you think you might have a Chevy lemon car, an experienced California Lemon Law attorney could help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the Gayle Law Group, PC today for a FREE consultation. You will be treated with respect and your case will be taken seriously, no matter what the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each lemon law buyback situation is different, and the time it will take to complete the buyback process will vary from case to case. Some lemon law buybacks can be completed in as little as 90 days, while some can take much longer.
Dealerships often offer to get you out of your lemon car and into a new vehicle. They make you think that they are giving you what is required by the Lemon Law when in fact, they are just trying to make another profit off of you. In most cases this will result in a significant loss to you. An experienced Lemon Car Lawyer will be able to advise you on the best way to pursue compensation for your GM lemon.
Yes. While many dealerships and manufacturers may try to convince you otherwise, used cars are covered under the lemon law so long as they were sold with a written warranty. Many times, used cars are sold still under warranty from the manufacturer with a manufacturer’s extended warranty. If this is the case then the car might qualify for lemon law.