Recreational vehicles can be lots of fun! Camping on summer vacations, spending a week by the lake and hitting the road to explore America all come to mind when you think of RVs. But what happens if that shiny RV you’ve just purchased begins having mechanical or electrical problems just months after you signed the sales agreement? That’s when you want to find out more about RV Lemon Law.
RV Lemon Law in California (technically known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) provides protections for residents who buy RVs and other vehicles that have chronic defects and mechanical problems. RVs include motorhomes, campers, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and other similar recreational vehicles. Problems can include defective engines, plumbing problems, windows and seats that don’t work, brake and steering issues, leaks, broken slide-outs, rattles and pings, and a multitude of other malfunctions. These can result in countless trips to the mechanic, mounting repair bills, and more than a few headaches.
If this describes your situation, then an RV lemon law attorney can help. At Neale & Fhima, we’ve helped hundreds of clients just like you who have purchased a defective vehicle.
We have a 99% success rate with lemon law cases. And we can help you, too.
To find out more about how we can solve your RV lemon law problem, call us at 888-407-2955. The initial consultation is free.
Is your RV a lemon?
A “lemon” is an RV, car, SUV, truck or other vehicle that has never driven right from the beginning. Whether it’s due to slow acceleration, faulty brakes or a myriad of other mechanical and electrical problems, these vehicles never function properly no matter how many times you take them in for repairs. To determine whether you have a Lemon Law claim, check to see whether your new vehicle is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. If it is, you probably have a claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties to have a Lemon Law claim. These warranties are discussed in greater detail in a separate section below. Either way, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your new vehicle repaired before filing a legal claim. Find out more in: Do You Have a Lemon?
A skilled RV lemon lawyer can help
If the answer is “yes” to “Is your RV a lemon?” then it’s time to take the important next steps. The first of these is to choose the best California RV lemon law attorney you can find.
Neale & Fhima has a 99% success rate with lemon law cases. If you want the best lemon law attorneys in California, call us.
We all know that not all attorneys are created equal. It’s just a fact that some are better than others. At Neale & Fhima, we have some of the best and brightest lawyers around. We are hugely successful in handling lemon law cases. About 99% of these claims result in favorable outcomes for our clients.
So why go with an unknown attorney when you can choose a law firm that has a track record of success? We are tough and experienced, and you can put that energy to work for you. To find out more about how we can help, call us at 888-407-2955. The initial consultation is free.
What Defects Are Covered Under the Lemon Law?
The Lemon Law in California refers to “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s original warranty. Nonconformities compromise the use, value or safety of the vehicle. A skilled and experienced RV lemon law attorney can explain the ins and outs of nonconformities in greater detail and help determine whether you have a claim.
What Kind of Defects Affect RV Safety?
There are many defects that could affect the RV’s safety, but there is no requirement under the law that the defect actually endangers you. So, if the car has a defect with its automatic mirrors, the mere fact that they work unpredictably could be enough to be the basis of a lemon law claim.
Common defects that affect safety include:
- Check-engine lights
- Steering issues
- Braking problems (but not squeaking)
- Faulty windshield wipers
- Fuel gauges and speedometer don’t work
- Door locks don’t work
- Won’t start
- Poor acceleration
- AC does not work
- Transmission is not smooth during starting and stopping
- Battery dies regularly.
How do I know if I’ve made a reasonable number of attempts to have my RV repaired?
The “reasonable number of attempts” requirement is a bit subjective, but the statute does give us some guidance. To prevail in a California RV Lemon Law claim, you will have to show that you made “reasonable attempts” to repair the problem; therefore, you will 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 vehicle. The California Lemon Law says you may have an eligible vehicle in the following circumstances:
- The automobile had a minimum of two repairs attempted for a defect that could lead to death or serious injury if it is driven. Defects also must impair the value of the auto’s use, value or safety.
- You brought the vehicle to the dealership at least four times to remedy the same defect — over and over.
- The automobile has been at the dealership for repairs of the same defect for at least 30 days since you acquired it.
If your RV falls into any of those guidelines and is 18 months old or less and has under 18,000 miles on the odometer, then it’s time to talk to an RV lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima.
Call us at 888-407-2955.
How does an RV lemon law buyback work?
The first step is to determine that your warranty is still in effect; remember, service contracts and extended warranties do not count. Then, check your paperwork to determine whether you have made at least two attempts to repair the same problem that could cause death or serious injury. If so, talk to an attorney today to help you file the claim.
Under the state law, your RV may be replaced or repurchased if it is a lemon. To settle the case as quickly as possible, it is recommended that you have the vehicle simply repurchased or replaced. But if you have a strong case, you could qualify for a higher cash settlement with the help of an RV lemon law attorney.
What About California’s Lemon Law and Used RVs?
Some used RVs are covered under California’s Lemon Law, depending on whether your RV has a warranty. If you bought the RV “as is,” then the law does not apply, unless you can prove that fraud was involved. But if you have one of three specific warranties, then you may be protected. An RV lemon law attorney can help you determine whether you have the right kind of warranty to proceed with a claim. Here are the three types of warranties that qualify:
Transferred New RV Warranty
As a buyer of a recent model used RV, you may have a copy of the manufacturer’s new RV warranty. When a titled vehicle is sold to a new owner and the vehicle is still under its original warranty period, the warranty protections transfer to you for the duration of that period.
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
“Certified Pre-Owned” vehicles have more protections than typical used RVs. Only authorized dealerships can sell CPOs, so if you bought your RV elsewhere, this warranty will not apply to you. Certified Pre-Owned means that these used RVs have been inspected, repaired and resold, and therefore they come with a CPO warranty.
Lemon Law Buyback Warranty
If you buy a used RV that was once a lemon (but the manufacturer repaired it and resold it), then you should have received a “lemon law buyback warranty.” Manufacturers are required by law to provide new owners of these buyback lemons a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty covering the lemon’s defect.
A Neale & Fhima lemon law attorney can help you sort your way through this somewhat complicated maze of used car warranties to determine whether you have a claim.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Lemon Law Claim?
You bet there is! The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law is four years. But if you want to end your headache, don’t wait that long. If you have purchased a lemon, start collecting copies of your repair bills and call a lemon law attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more frustrated you will become.
Contact a Neale & Fhima RV Lemon Law Attorney Today
If you’re tired of planning camping trips only to have your RV break down and sideline the vacation, it’s likely time to call an RV Lemon Law attorney. It seems like no matter how many times you take your RV to the mechanic for repairs, nothing seems to stay fixed for long. You don’t have to put up with this. California’s consumer-friendly lemon law provides you with a legal solution. To find out more about how we can help you get the justice you deserve, contact an RV lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima today. Call us at 888-407-2955. We’ll get you back on the road!