Tesla is a silicon valley based electric car and solar panel manufacturer. From the company’s inception they have strived to shape the world of tomorrow with their futuristic designs and technology. In 2018, Tesla’s Model 3 became the best-selling luxury vehicle in the United States across both cars and SUVs. This has certainly established them as one of the elite automakers not only in the United States, but also on a global scale. However, there is always potential for mistakes in the production process. If you purchased a Tesla that has had persistent mechanical issues or defects and Tesla can’t fix it, you may be driving a lemon. If you would like to learn more about your rights regarding your Tesla, call our Lemon Law Experts today!
What’s a “Lemon Vehicle”?
Generally, a vehicle can be deemed a lemon if it is under warranty and has maintained persistent issues or defects and the manufacturer hasn’t been able to fix it. It’s important to note that each state has its own set of lemon laws; generally they state that if your vehicle has a substantial impairment to its safety, use, or value, and Tesla cannot repair it in a reasonable number of attempts then you might be driving a lemon. If you suspect that you are driving a Tesla lemon, you will want to get in contact with an experienced lemon law attorney as soon as possible. Upon purchase or lease, Tesla is responsible for upholding the warranty it gave you. For a consultation with a law firm that specializes in California Lemon Law cases, contact the Lemon Law Experts today!
Common Tesla Complaints
At the Lemon Law Experts, we handle all types of cases, including Tesla lemon law cases. California lemon law applies to new cars, used cars, and even cars that have the ability to drive themselves (like Tesla). Some of the vehicles that have been reported as having issues are the Model X and Model S. Some of the problems that they have exhibited are listed below. Remember, even if your vehicle’s specific issue isn’t listed below you might still have a lemon on your hands!
- Doors slamming shut
- Doors unexpectedly opening
- Dangerous autopilot maneuvers
- Touch screen freezing
- Auto park issues
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Can I sue Tesla for the problems my car is having?
If you have taken your Tesla for repairs on multiple occasions, but the problem still hasn’t been fixed, there’s a good chance you can take legal action against the manufacturer to recover your losses.In California the following guidelines will give you an indication of whether or not you have a viable case:
- The vehicle is under the manufacturer’s warranty.
- The defect or component that is malfunctioning is one that’s covered under the warranty.
- Vehicle was purchased or leased less than 18 months ago; or
- The odometer reads less than 18,000 miles (whichever happens first)
- Notification in writing to the manufacturer about need for repair. (Save a copy of all correspondence).
- You’ve taken your car to repair four or more times (two or more times if the issue is one that can lead to injury or death); or
- The vehicle has been out of service because of the repair for at least 30 days.
If your car meets the specifications, you can recover the cost of the vehicle, the cost of any repairs you’ve paid for, the sales tax on the car, licensing and registration fees, and your attorney fees. If you have a Tesla that is a lemon, you’ll want to move forward quickly and get out of that lemon as soon as possible. Call the Lemon Law Experts today.