California Lemon Law Process

Many consumers do not realize that if they experience the need for numerous repairs while their vehicle is under warranty, there are federal and state laws in place to protect them from driving unsafe or devalued vehicles. Getting the process of filing your lemon law claim started  or even realizing you have a lemon in the first place can be confusing and intimidating. This is why consulting with an experienced lemon law attorney is in your best interest, so that you are aware of every step in the process and can be involved in your lemon law claim. At California Lemon Attorneys, we are experienced in the field of lemon law and can help anyone learn and become familiar with the lemon law process in California. If you would like more information about the lemon law process in California,

What Steps Are Involved in the California Lemon Law Process?

Filing your lemon law claim in California is a complicated multistep process that often requires the assistance of an attorney to make sure you don’t miss any requirements. Even though you may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or refund from your manufacturer, you must have a clear understanding of the steps involved in the lemon law process in order to assert your rights.

Step #1

Take Your Vehicle into the Dealership for All Necessary Repairs

When your vehicle experiences issues or defects that are covered under your warranty, make sure to take it to your dealer to be repaired. It’s important to note that you must go to your dealership, because any “unauthorized” work conducted on your vehicle may possibly void your warranty.

Step #2

Clearly Communicate Repair Needs With Your Dealership

Every time you have your vehicle repaired, make sure you clearly communicate all the issues you’ve experienced with the dealer. This clear communication helps to establish a paper trail that proves all the issues with your vehicle that you had to get repaired.

Step #3

Allow Your Manufacturer a Reasonable Amount of Repair Attempts

Before filing your claim, make sure that you have given your dealership a “reasonable” amount of time or attempts to repair your vehicle. What is considered reasonable is subject to your individual circumstances, so it may be helpful to consult with a lemon law attorney who can help evaluate your specific situation.

Step #4

Gather the Necessary Documentation for Your Claim

Gather all the relevant documentation required for your lemon law claim. These required documents include all repair receipts from your dealership with clear descriptions of your repairs, receipts for having your car towed due to the defects with your vehicle, etc.

Step #5

Consult an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney

At this point in the process, you should consider consulting with or hiring a lemon law attorney who can assist with filing your lemon law claim to the manufacturer. Lemon law attorneys help with all the legal aspects of a lemon law case, and if your claim is rejected by the manufacturer, your attorney will ultimately represent you in court or in arbitration.

Step #6

Review the Response from Your Manufacturer

Once your manufacturer has responded to your lemon law claim, this is your opportunity to accept, negotiate, or litigate the results depending on your satisfaction with the outcome. A lemon law attorney is key during this step because they will help you understand whether the response is reasonable.

Step #7

Bring Your Lemon Law Case to Court

If you choose to litigate your lemon law claim, you can choose to either take your claim to court or arbitration. In a court of law, you must have an attorney represent you who is skilled in trial representation. Arbitration is another option that does not require you to be represented by an attorney and is decided by a private third party, but often arbitration tends to favor the manufacturer

If You Are Beginning the Lemon Law Process in California, Speak With an Attorney Today.

At California Lemon Attorneys, we know how stressful the lemon law process can be for consumers. Having a clear understanding of every step can be challenging, and we are dedicated to making things as clear as possible. If you are starting the lemon law process in California, it’s important to speak with an attorney who you are confident can represent you in court if the need arises. If you’re looking for assistance with your lemon law case, please give us a call at 310-922-1199 or email us at for a free consultation.