Did you love the idea of a rough and rugged Jeep for weekend camping trips or tailgating, only to realize that it had mechanical or electrical 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) replace your Jeep or (2) repurchase your Jeep (lemon buyback). In some cases, we may also be able to negotiate a cash settlement with the manufacturer, in which you are compensated for the defect and keep the vehicle you have. You don’t have to get stuck with a Jeep Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler or Compass that has defective brakes, steering, drivetrain, 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.
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 whether your Jeep is a lemon, check to see if 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 (also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) 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 …
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.
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.
The statute of limitations for filing a lemon law claim in California is four years from the date you knew or should have known that the vehicle was a lemon. This does not mean that if you have had your vehicle for more than 4 years, you cannot bring a lemon law claim. Our attorneys at Neale & Fhima have successfully “lemoned” vehicles that are over 10 years old. If you have purchased or leased a lemon, you’ll want to start the buyback process as soon as possible. After the statute of limitations has passed, a judge may dismiss your case, but don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have questions about the statute of limitations. So collect copies of your repair bills, work orders, and receipts and call a skilled lemon law lawyer today at 888-407-2955.
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:
But even if you do not meet any of the guidelines above, you may still very well have a claim. Neale & Fhima has been able to “qualify” many types of defective vehicles for a lemon law remedy, even those that didn’t initially appear to fit the guidelines. So don’t despair. It’s worth a phone call to find out if we can help.
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:
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.
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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.