GM Lemon Law

GM is the largest of the three American automakers in Detroit, and the company is known for tough trucks and SUVs, sporty economy vehicles and family sedans.  Long considered a leader in safety and reliability, GM promises the very best. However, even the most reliable vehicles can sometimes face issues on the road, leading to unfortunate events where a truck accident lawyer might be needed.  That’s why it’s a bitter disappointment when you discover your GM vehicle has a defective transmission or other mechanical or electrical problems.  If you find yourself in this situation, a GM lemon law attorney may be able to help.  Take action now!

Some recent GM models have been plagued with transmission problems, and lawsuits are being filed under California’s Lemon Law.  Fortunately, California has a consumer-friendly GM lemon law that provides financial compensation or a replacement vehicle for any buyer who can meet the guidelines and prove their GM is a lemon.

A GM lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima is familiar with these kinds of lemon law claims, and we can file a claim on your behalf. Our firm has a 99% record of success in GM lemon law cases! If you believe you have a faulty vehicle, consulting with a trusted lemon law lawyer
can make all the difference. To find out more about how we can help, call us for a free initial consultation at (888) 407-2955.  You don’t have to put up with a GM lemon.

Is your GM a lemon?

We know that you were excited when you purchased your GM vehicle.  Whether it’s a Chevy Volt, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado or Buick LaCrosse – all of these GM vehicles are big investments that you should be able to rely on for years to come.  Sadly, that’s not the case if you bought a lemon.

If you’re asking yourself “is your GM a lemon?” — here’s how you can tell.  A “lemon” is a truck, car or SUV that has not functioned properly despite repeated attempts to get it fixed.  Whether they have a malfunctioning transmission, defective engine, electrical issues or a wide range of other problems, these GMs vehicle can qualify as a “lemon” under the California Lemon Law. To determine whether you have a GM lemon law claim, find out whether your vehicle was repaired under General Motors’ warranty. If it was, you’re on the right track.  If you purchased a used vehicle, the California Lemon Law may still apply, if the vehicle was not repaired under GM’s original factory warranty, to bring a lemon law claim you will need one of three specific warranties. Consulting a used car lemon law lawyer can help determine if you have a valid GM lemon law claim (outlined below).  Before being eligible to file a claim, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your vehicle repaired. Find out more in: Do You Have a Lemon?

California has one of the most attractive GM lemon laws in the nation to ensure consumer protection.  Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective GM vehicle, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at GM’s cost. However, you must prove that it’s a lemon according to legal guidelines, and that’s where a skilled GM lemon law lawyer can help.  If it turns out that you do have a GM lemon, you can either 1) have General Motors repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with GM. Find out more in: What to Do if You Have a Lemon.

If you have questions about whether your GM vehicle qualifies, call a GM lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima at (888) 407-2955.  We offer a free initial consultation.

How does GM lemon law buyback work?

First, the GM lemon law in California states that your GM car or truck must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by General Motors’ original new-car warranty.  Nonconformities significantly impair the safety, use or value of the vehicle.  A defect does not have to be expensive or life-threatening to be covered by GM lemon law — it simply must compromise the safety, use, or value of the vehicle.

Common Lemon Law defects include:

  • Transmission does not shift smoothly, or vehicle shakes during operation
  • Poor acceleration
  • Abnormal vehicle noises
  • Braking problems
  • Radio/Navigation/Bluetooth issues
  • AC does not work properly
  • Steering issues
  • Door locks that don’t work.

Some of you may be asking “how does GM lemon law buyback work?”  Here’s a quick overview:

To prevail in a GM lemon law claim, you will have to show that you made “reasonable attempts” to have a dealership or mechanic repair your vehicle.  That’s why it’s important that you keep all receipts, work orders and used parts from each one of your repair appointments. State law does not precisely define “reasonable number of attempts,” but there are some guidelines. California law says you may have an eligible GM lemon law claim in the following circumstances:

  • The GM vehicle had a minimum of two repairs attempted for a defect that could lead to death or serious injury if it is driven. Or otherwise at least three repair visits defects that impair the vehicle’s use, value or safety.


  • The GM vehicle has been at a dealership for repairs of the same defect for at least 30 days since you acquired it.

As you can see, there are several specific qualifications you must meet to file a GM lemon law claim.  Find out more in: The Lemon Law Claims Process.

If your attorney can prove all these things, then General Motors can be forced to buy back your GM lemon.  To accomplish this, you want to hire a smart and tough GM lemon law attorney to represent you.  Neale & Fhima has a 99% record of success in GM lemon law cases!

The statute of limitations on a GM lemon law claim is four years, so you need to take action soon.  To speak to a GM lemon law attorney now, call (949) 661-1007.  The initial consultation is free.

Will GM buy back my car?

If you’re asking “will GM buy back my car?” – the answer is, it depends.  You must prove your GM is a lemon before General Motors will buy back the vehicle.  If you purchased the vehicle new, then the original manufacturer’s warranty must have been in effect at the time of at least some repair visits.  If you purchased the vehicle used and the original factory warranty was already expired, then you must have one of three specific warranties to be covered by the GM lemon law.  These include:

  • Transferred New Car Warranty
  • Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
  • Lemon Law Buyback Warranty

A skilled GM lemon law attorney can help you determine whether your used GM vehicle has one of these qualifying warranties.

Neale & Fhima GM lemon law attorneys work on contingency, which means that we don’t get paid until you get paid.  Our attorney’s fees are paid by the manufacturer as part of a settlement agreement or jury award.  If for some reason your claim is not successful, then you owe us nothing.  So what have you got to lose?

Contact a GM Lemon Law Attorney Today

If you have a defective General Motors vehicle, you should talk to one of our GM lemon law attorneys today. You don’t have to put up with the headache caused by a lemon, including the constant trips to the repair shop. Call Neale & Fhima at (888) 996-4568 for a free consultation with a defective vehicle lawyer. We’re here to help.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima, California attorneyAaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]