It doesn't. GM is still required to fix your vehicle under warranty with a reasonable number of repair attempts (typically four times, but it is not set by law) or a reasonable amount of time (30 days, but again, there is no absolute, it can be more or less).
You may have a case against Kia under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly known as the California Lemon Law. If you do have a lemon, you are entitled to receive all sums you have paid or owe on your car, minus a mileage offset.
"Penalties may be waived upon payment of the registration fees due when a transferee (including a dealer) applies for transfer and it is determined that the registration penalties accrued prior to the transferee’s date of purchase and the transferee was not aware that the registration fees for...Read more »
I've had the unit for five months. Reported the problem the first week. I was cut by screen shards from an exploding screen. Apple said they will repair the defective components but not the screen, citing "Accidental Damage" which it's not. The screen failure in the lower left corner is from... Read more »
What options do I have in California when I purchased a vehicle at a dealership and I was not informed the car had salvaged title? It was not disclosed to me prior to the sale, nor was it displayed on the vehicle anywhere? I had no idea until I tried to get insurance on it.
You're going to have to act from this moment forward, as if you are in a lawsuit. You will need to marshal all of your evidence. You will need to only communicate in WRITING going forward. You will need to figure out how to PROVE you were not told as they will say you were. Here is a solid...Read more »
I purchased this car for $1500. The registration was pass due and it was almost $400. The engine light came on the time I went to drive it from my home. Ford says I need a whole engine. A important sensor is missing. That is not a overnight problem. I feel as though they sold me lemon.
What options would I have if I purchased a TV stand (online, but live in California [if it makes a difference]), assembled it exactly according to the manual, and without any external force/stimulus (earthquake, draft, etc.), the TV stand broke (wooden legs collapsed/broke, or glass tabletop... Read more »
To be honest, it seems pretty unlikely that every single piece of electronics was damaged so severely that they are all inoperable. Moreover, your stated value of the router is about $40 too high. Similar exaggerations for the value of the other equipment will be devastating to your credibility....Read more »
The vehicle has been to the dealer 6 times for various electrical issues including front passenger seat after the 6 time still is not fixed. Should I get an attorney or deal with the manufacturer directly? Im afraid I could lose and be responsible for the attorneys fees even though an attorney... Read more »
It never hurts to talk to an attorney in these cases. Most (including our office) offer free consultations. If you do decide to deal directly with the manufacturer, remember, you are entitled to everything you have paid or is payable on the vehicle. If they offer anything less, talk to an...Read more »
That is not part of the "amounts paid or payable" for the car, but, it is a penalty that the manufacturer feels it is not on the hook for since it was not late, you were. The issue has never been litigated to a published judicial opinion in CA so it is unclear if manufacturers are correct.
You are close. It is the amount of miles you have driven before you bring in your car for the first repair, divided by 120,000 (the statutory life of a car). As the manufacturer has to pay attorney fees and costs if they lose, I highly recommend you hire an attorney. Feel free to check out our...Read more »
We have a lawyer that will take on our lemon law case for our car. The contract states a percentage they will take in the event of a civil case and civil penalties, and states this percentage is negotiable. What is a reasonable percentage to give the lawyer?
1/3 to 2/5 is normal, although that can change depending on the case and whether attorney fees are recoverable. If you interview other lemon law attorneys, you will find out what is common for that area of law.
Based on my read, it appears that if I qualified for lemon law, even if the car is subsequently fixed, I can drive it for a few more years, then ask for replacement or repurchase (subject to use offset). Is that correct? So even if my car has been fixed by the time I seek relief under lemon law,... Read more »
You are probably correct, at least in CA. Looks like you are in NY? That said, the cases that manufacturers defend up to and through trial are the ones where the vehicle is arguably "fixed." So that, such a set of facts could seriously harm your case and frankly, cost you a lot of money if you...Read more »
There is a special service bulletin (15682) that covers this repair for free if the car is less than 10 years old. I bought the car a year ago, and only learned of this bulletin after my car was no longer covered. GM also has another service bulletin out for other model cars (12191) that covers... Read more »
Lemon Law is Warranty Law. So, cars that come with a warranty may be covered IF that warranty is breached. This is not the same as a "service contract" that you buy from a dealer or elsewhere, which folks often call an "extended warranty." Your rights are almost non existant in a service contract...Read more »
It's unclear why you can't sell it. However, you should consult with WA consumer rights attorneys. You can also file a complaint with the WA DMV. https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/vehiclevesseldealer/dlrcomplaint.html
Bought a Subaru new. I made an inquiry via text the next day that I am concerned about its airbag safety after seeing an airbag warning light and an email from Subaru to get it inspected. I got text back saying it was safe to drive. I kept driving it but after 4 weeks, I decided to take the vehicle... Read more »
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