Truck Lemon Laws in California
We understand how much people rely on their vehicles on an everyday basis, and know-how an unreliable car can completely disrupt your life.
Consumers assume that new or used trucks that are still under warranty are reliable vehicles. They also assume that if a problem does arise, the manufacturer will quickly fix it so you can get back on the road. But, this is not always the case. If your truck still has problems after being repaired multiple times, it could be a lemon. Fortunately, the law protects consumers who have unknowingly purchased lemons.
The Basics of California’s Truck Lemon Law
If you purchased or leased a new or used truck with defects, the lemon law allows you to get a refund or replacement vehicle from the manufacturer. To qualify, the truck must be under the manufacturer’s warranty, and the defect must be significant enough to impair the use, value, or safety of the truck. Furthermore, you must give the dealership an opportunity to attempt to repair the issue. If the problem has not been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, you can exercise your rights under this law.
Does the Lemon Law Apply to Trucks Used For Business Purposes?
In California, vehicles purchased for personal, household, or family purposes are covered by the lemon law. But, many people purchase trucks for business purposes, so it’s important to understand whether these vehicles are covered as well.
The law states that trucks used for business purposes are covered as long as these conditions are met:
- The gross weight of the truck is less than 10,000 pounds.
- The business that purchased or leased the truck has fewer than five vehicles registered in its name in California.
If your truck meets these conditions, it is covered by the lemon law even though it is used for business purposes.
Why Do Manufacturers Deny Truck Lemon Claims?
It’s important to understand that manufacturers deny a great deal of initial lemon law claims. There are a number of reasons why this may occur, but some are more common than others. Some of the most common reasons that a claim is denied include:
- The person who is handling your claim does not fully understand the lemon law, and wrongly concludes that your vehicle is not covered.
- Some unethical manufacturers will deny lemon law claims without a valid reason in the hope that you give up and stop pursuing a refund or replacement.
- The manufacturer may deny the claim because they do not have all of the facts of the case. For example, if you fail to provide proof that multiple repair attempts were made, the manufacturer may deny your claim.
If you want to avoid a denial, it’s best to work with experienced attorney Sotera L. Anderson. She will ensure the manufacturer has the proper documentation and evidence that they need to process your claim. Ms. Anderson will also work closely with the manufacturer to ensure your rights are not violated and your claim is not rejected.
Call Today to Schedule A Free Consultation With A Truck Lemon Lawyer
Is your truck a lemon? If so, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Sotera L. Anderson is a skilled lemon lawyer who exclusively represents clients with lemon law claims. She has helped countless consumers obtain refunds or replacement vehicles, and her legal services won’t cost you a dime. To schedule a free consultation, call 1-855-96-LEMON or fill out the form on this website.