How Long Does the Lemon Law Process Take?

The length of the lemon law process in California varies but typically takes between three to six months to resolve if it’s straightforward. However, complex cases, on the other hand, might take more than several months.

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The blog serves as an informational guide about your rights and informs you on how long the lemon law process can take!

How Long Does the Lemon Law Process Take in California?

How Long Does the Lemon Law Process Take in California?

California lemon law is designed to protect consumers who purchase a vehicle that is not up to the standards of quality and performance and is under a warranty period.

The duration of the lemon law process can vary significantly based on several factors like the severity of the defect, state laws and regulations, manufacturer response time, and more.

Initial repair attempts for a lemon vehicle can take 15-45 days. The first step is taking your car to the dealership for repairs under warranty and allowing the manufacturer an opportunity to fix the defect. Depending on the issue, they might need to make multiple repair attempts over several weeks.

Final Repair Attempt or Manufacturer’s Notification can take anything from 30-60 days. After they made a reasonable number of attempts to fix your car (as defined by your state’s lemon law), you should notify the manufacturer of the unresolved issue and your desire to pursue a lemon law claim.

Submitting a Lemon Law Claim can take 45-75 days. To submit a formal Lemon Law claim to the manufacturer, you have to include all necessary documentation of repair attempts and issues with the vehicle. You should do this soon after your final attempt to have the defect repaired, usually within a few weeks.

Manufacturer’s Review can take 60-120 days. The manufacturer will then review your claim and evaluate the vehicle. This review process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the manufacturer’s procedures and your case.

Resolution can take anything from 90 to 180 days. The manufacturer may offer you a replacement vehicle, a buyback, or another type of compensation if your claim is approved. If your claim is straightforward and the evidence is clear, you might receive an offer within a few months. Complex cases where the manufacturer refuses can take longer to resolve.

Arbitration or Legal Action can take 120-365+ days. If you disagree with the manufacturer’s decision, you may need to take legal action. This can extend the process by several months or even years, depending on the arbitration process or court schedules.

A skilled lemon law attorney can significantly impact the timeline and outcome of your lemon law case. They can negotiate more effectively with manufacturers and navigate the legal intricacies of California lemon law claims, potentially speeding up your resolution. When you your with the Lemon Pros, you don’t pay our lemon law attorney fees unless we get you compensated first!

California Lemon Law Process: Working with a Lemon Law Attorney

California Lemon Law Process: Working with a Lemon Law Attorney

Successful California lemon law claims share a common thread: meticulous documentation, persistence, and sometimes, legal representation, and it goes without saying but your car must qualify as a lemon.

California Lemon law applies to manufacturers and states that they must adhere to their warranty obligations by repairing defects that affect the use, value, or safety of a new vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts.

If the manufacturer is unable to fix the vehicle’s issues after a reasonable number of repair attempts or within a reasonable amount of time, Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to either replace the defective vehicle with a new one or refund the purchase price to the consumer.

How to Collect Records for a Successful Lemon Law Claim

How to Collect Records for a Successful Lemon Law Claim

At the beginning of your case, we will ask for you to send us all the relevant documents like service and sales/lease records that you have for your vehicle. We will also request any photos or videos that you may have of the problems.

We make it easy for you to send us your records by providing various options such as email, via messages, over the phone, or through the mail.

Once we receive all your records, we evaluate your claim and determine a “game plan.”

Pre-litigation Demand

Pre-litigation Demand

If your claim involves any type of misrepresentation by the manufacturer or dealership, of your vehicle’s accident history, salvage title, rental history, or anything similar, we may choose to send a pre-litigation demand under the Consumer’s Legal Remedies Act.

We can demand that the manufacturer and/or dealership buy your vehicle back and refund you all the money you’ve paid for it thus far, minus a small usage fee. At times the manufacturer and/or dealership does the right thing and promptly offers a refund.

If they refuse to do the right thing then we file a lawsuit with the court and begin the litigation phase of your case. If your case does not involve any type of misrepresentation, we immediately file the lawsuit.

We demand that the manufacturer and/or dealership buy your vehicle back and refund you all the money you’ve paid for it thus far, minus a small usage fee. At times the manufacturer and/or dealership does the right thing and promptly offers a refund.

If they refuse to do the right thing then we file a lawsuit with the court and begin the litigation phase of your case. If your case does not involve any type of misrepresentation, we immediately file the lawsuit.

Lemon Law Claim Litigation Timeline

Lemon Law Claim Litigation Timeline

After we file the initial lawsuit (often referred to as the complaint), the manufacturer and/or dealership will have 30 days to respond to the complaint. As soon as they respond, your case enters the discovery phase. During the discovery phase, both sides will exchange information and documents. This exchange will typically come in the form of written discovery, where each side answers questions on paper, and in the form of verbal depositions.

After the manufacturer and/or dealership responds, the court sets a hearing called a Case Management Conference. You won’t have to appear in court for this hearing. During the Case Management Conference, both sides talk about what the case is about and what discovery needs to be done.

At the end of the hearing, the judge will set a Final Status Conference and a Trial Date. These court hearings are usually set a year or so down the line. The judge sets the Trial Date far down the road because they know most cases will often settle well before they get to Trial.

If your case has not been settled by that point, the manufacturer and/or dealership will request that you appear for a deposition.

This is one of the times when you will need to be involved with the legal aspect of your case. We will choose a date and time that will accommodate your schedule. Before your deposition takes place, we will set up a time to speak with you and prepare you so that the other side does not blindside you with any questions and so that you feel at ease when your deposition is taken.

The manufacturer and/or dealership will generally set up a vehicle inspection at a dealership near you. During the vehicle inspection, an attorney from the other side, their technician, and one of our attorneys will show up to inspect your vehicle. The manufacturer’s technician will test drive your vehicle and document the problems that you have been experiencing. We are there to make sure that their technician is not cutting any corners or missing obvious issues.

Lemon Law Claim Trial Time

Lemon Law Claim Trial Time

After your deposition and vehicle inspection, we get our turn to take the depositions of the dealership’s technicians and the manufacturer’s experts. Once these depositions are taken, we will appear at the Final Status Conference. During this hearing, both sides discuss whether they are prepared to go to Trial or if anything else is needed, usually finishing depositions.

If both sides are ready to go to Trial, the court will give both parties a list of things they will require each side to have on day one of the trial. We prepare you and any witnesses for the trial to make it a comfortable experience. The lemon law claim trial typically only takes 4-5 days.

Most of our clients never have to go into a courtroom because we handle the case from the start to the end.

Lemon Law Cases by the Lemon Pros

This blog has provided a detailed overview of the California Lemon Law process, what a lemon law case takes, the timeline of a lemon case, and your rights as a consumer in pursuing a successful claim.

Navigating the California Lemon Law process can be difficult, that’s why having a Lemon Law Attorney in your corner is the safest bet. If you were wondering “How long does the lemon law process take”, a California Lemon Law Attorney can help you review your case and help you get compensated quicker.

Call us today for a free consultation before time runs out to pursue your claim.

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Why Choose The Lemon Pros?

Our specialty is Lemon Law, that is why we only handle Lemon Law claims. When you hire us, our attorneys will do all the legal work for you, because we understand the stress that consumers like you deal with when they have a Lemon.

We have an excellent success record in representing consumers just like you! We are award winning attorneys, but that has not gotten to our heads. We are attorneys who care and give personalized attention to each and every client, our attorneys directly handle your claim.

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