In California, there is a time limit to proceed with a lemon law claim.
This time limit, also known as the California lemon law statute of limitations, imposes restrictions on a consumer who wants to file a lemon law lawsuit.
What is the Lemon Law Statute of Limitations in California?
Generally, California Lemon Law imposes a four-year deadline to file a lemon claim. The four-year limit typically starts from when the consumer experienced warrantable problems with his/her vehicle.
Even though there is a four-year time limit, consumers should act sooner than later with a lemon law claim since delaying a claim can negatively affect the outcome.
This is because under California’s Lemon Law statute, for a consumer to qualify for a Lemon Law buyback, they need to establish that the vehicle in question, whether it is a car, truck, or SUV, legally meets the definition of “lemon”.
That means that the vehicle has a faulty defect that cannot be repaired by the dealership or manufacturer after multiple repair efforts and the issue impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety. The Lemon Law Experts recommend contacting a qualified lemon law lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights in order to maximize the chances of a successful outcome.
If four years pass and a Lemon Law claim has not been filed, the consumer will most likely be barred from pursuing a lemon law claim under California law.
This is why it is best to contact a qualified Lemon Law attorney who understands the time limits and other complexities involved with a Lemon Law case.
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