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 GM vehicle to qualify as a lemon under the California Lemon Law, the issues you are facing with your GM must be considered substantial. This means that the problems must substantially impact the use, value, or safety of your GM vehicle. A common misconception is that in order for a 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 GM 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 GM, 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 GM 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 GM vehicle that needs to be constantly repaired for different issues can often qualify as one that is substantially impaired under the Lemon Law.
About General Motors
General Motors, also commonly referred to as GM, is an American vehicle manufacturer based out of Detroit Michigan. GM is home to four major motor vehicle brands: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. General Motors has been a leader in automotive technology for over 100 years – since they were founded in 1908.
GM is a globally serving company who employs over 180,000 people. Across their four major brands, they produce over 60 different models. The most popular models include the Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Sierra, and the Chevrolet Traverse. General Motors is currently the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world, behind Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai/Kia.
Common GM Vehicle Defects
Even though GM has been manufacturing cars for over 100 years, there is still the possibility of defects. Manufacturing mistakes, kinks in the system, or design issues, can cause a GM lemon car to end up in someone’s possession. There are numerous possible defects that could cause a GM car to be a lemon.
Some of the common defects that people have complained about with regard to their GM cars include:
- Oil leaks
- Diesel leaks
- Check engine light is on with no apparent cause
- Smoking engines
- Vibration with a heavy load
- Needing to frequently replace fuel pumps, spark plugs, or water pumps
- Lagging acceleration
- Loss of power
- Water leaks in the sunroof (often causing mold)
GM cars are known to have high safety ratings, but they have still had to issue numerous recalls over the years for safety-related and other reasons. Some of the recent recalls GM has had to issue for some of their vehicles include:
- Potential software glitch that could disable vehicle brake systems
- Battery cable rings with excessive glue could cause fires
- Seat belt pretensioners could emit a hot gas that could cause fires
- Electronic stability control malfunction
- Incorrect glass installation (could explode in an impact)
- Power steering assist system faulty
Contact An Experienced Lemon Law Attorney Right Away
If you have had several repair attempts and are still having issues with your GM vehicle, there is no reason to suffer any longer. Make sure to keep all documentation of the repairs done to your GM 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 lemon, 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
In some situations, if your GM car is a lemon, they will offer to “buy back” your car. It is important to have a Lemon Law attorney involved in this process so that you get the amount that you are entitled to from GM.
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.