Did you love the idea of a rough and rugged Jeep for weekend camping trips or tailgating, only to realize that it had mechanical problems and you’d been stuck with a lemon? A Jeep lemon law attorney could be your next best friend if you’re looking for a legal remedy. Jeep lemon laws in California are buyer-friendly.
California has one of the most extensive lemon laws in the nation to ensure consumer protection. If it turns out that you have a Jeep lemon, your options are 1) to have the manufacturer (Fiat Chrysler Vehicles) repurchase or replace your Jeep or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with them. You don’t have to get stuck with a Jeep Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler or Compass that has defective brakes, steering, drivetrain, electrical, or any other defects that cause safety issues or compromise the Jeep’s use or value.
When you hire Neale & Fhima, our Jeep lemon law lawyers will help you review your legal options so you can make an informed decision. Find out more in: What to Do if You Have a Lemon. For a free initial consultation about your situation, call us at (888) 407-2955.
Determining Whether My Jeep Is a “Lemon”
A “lemon” is any Jeep, whether a basic or deluxe edition, that continues to have a problem that keeps it coming back to the garage. Whether it’s poor traction, engine leaks, electrical malfunction or any of a dozen other mechanical problems, these Jeeps never function properly no matter how many times you take them to the mechanic. To determine if your Jeep is a lemon, check to see whether your new vehicle is still under the original Fiat Chrysler warranty. If it is, you probably have a Jeep lemon law claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties listed below to have a Jeep lemon law claim. Either way, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your Jeep repaired before filing a legal claim.
The Lemon Law in California stipulates that your Jeep must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s original warranty. Nonconformities compromise the value, safety and use of the Jeep. A skilled and experienced Jeep lemon law attorney can explain the ins and outs of nonconformities in greater detail and help determine whether you have a legal remedy.
Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective Jeep, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at the manufacturer’s cost. At Neale & Fhima, we have a track record of success in fighting the big vehicle manufacturers to enforce the lemon law rights of people living in California.
It’s a mistake to put up with the problem and wait too long. The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law is four years. If you have purchased or leased a Jeep lemon, start collecting copies of your repair bills, warranty and other notes detailing the problems. To talk to aggressive Jeep lemon law attorneys with a record of success, call us at (888) 407-2955 so we can get started on your Jeep lemon law case today.
How Does a Jeep Lemon Law Buyback Work?
The California lemon law stipulates that the auto manufacturer (Fiat Chrysler) must repair your Jeep as long as the original manufacturer’s warranty is in force. The dealer or manufacturer must engage in “reasonable attempts” to repair your Jeep. If the problem cannot be remedied within a reasonable number of attempts, state law mandates that the Jeep shall be repurchased or replaced by Fiat Chrysler. The California Lemon Law applies to all types of motor vehicles still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. It does not apply to extended warranty contracts or service contracts.
To prevail in a Jeep lemon law claim, you will have to demonstrate that you attempted repeatedly to repair the problem (that’s why you want to keep all receipts, work orders and used parts from each one of your repair appointments). State law does not define “reasonable attempts” with precision, but there are guidelines that help determine whether you have a lemon Jeep. The California new-car Lemon Law says you may have an eligible Jeep in the following circumstances:
- The Jeep had a minimum of two repairs attempted for a defect that could lead to a driver’s or passenger’s death or serious injury when driven. Defects also must impair the Jeep’s use, value or safety.
- You brought the Jeep to the dealership at least four times to remedy the same defect — over and over.
- The Jeep has been at a California dealership for repairs of the same defect for at least 30 days since you acquired it.
But even if you do not meet any of the guidelines above, you may still very well have a claim.
California Lemon Law and Used Jeeps
Some used Jeeps are covered under California’s Lemon Law, depending on whether your Jeep has one of three specific warranties. If you do, then you may be protected. Here are the three types of warranties that qualify:
- Transferred New Car Warranty
- Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
- Lemon Law Buyback Warranty
Our lemon law attorneys can help you sort your way through this complicated collection of used car warranties to determine whether you can file a claim for your Jeep lemon.
Call Neale & Fhima Today
It’s too hard to figure out Jeep lemon law issues on your own, so call a skilled attorney at Neale & Fhima today. We’d be glad to talk to you about your unique case and whether you may qualify for a Jeep lemon law claim. We’ve helped hundreds of clients just like you, and we have a 99% success rate in these cases. Call us today at (888) 407-2955 for a free initial consultation.