If it’s been a while since you have taken your car to the dealership for repair, you’re probably thinking, “how long can a dealership hold your car for repair?” Mostly, insurance and warranty require the car to be fixed within 15-20 days with a maximum of 30 days (cumulatively). Under the lemon law, the car is considered to be a lemon after 30 days of repair.
Dealership can only hold your car for repair for up to 30 days total! If it takes longer, your vehicle can be deemed a lemon, and you may be entitled to a refund, replacement vehicle, or compensation for the repair.
A lemon law attorney can help get you to get a replacement vehicle, a refund, or compensation for repair. You can contact our firm to find out if your vehicle is considered a lemon.
Call Our Firm If Your Dealership Has Held Your Car for Repair for More Than 30 Days Total.
You May Be Entitled to a Replacement Vehicle, Refund, or Compensation for Repair
Mechanic Keeping Car Too Long, Is My Car a Lemon?
If the mechanic is keeping your car too long, it probably means that your vehicle has problems that make it a lemon car. The lemon law states that if your car is in the shop for more than 30 days cumulatively, it is considered a lemon car.
When we say more than 30 days cumulatively, we mean that the vehicle was in the shop for repair for 30 days total throughout the warranty period. It can mean that the vehicle was in the shop once for 30 days or three times for 10 days each. Both instances will be covered under the lemon law.
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The federal lemon law protects consumers when the vehicle they bought turns out to be a lemon. Instead of getting a new car or risking yourself getting ripped off by the dealership, contact a lemon lawyer for help.
You can learn more about what the lemon law is in California.
Each lemon law case is different. Even if you are unsure whether your case qualifies, it is never too late to get it evaluated. The lemon law attorneys at Consumer Action Law Group can evaluate your case and advise on further action for FREE.
Undisclosed Car History CARFAX Report Checklist
If your car has been to the dealership too many times and for too long, then it’s time to take action. Start by checking if your vehicle has any undisclosed history in the CARFAX report. It helps if you recently bought a used car and have been facing issues ever since. If the used car has any undisclosed history, it should show up in the CARFAX report.
The attorneys at Consumer Action Law Group can help if you don’t know how to get a CARFAX report.
Here’s what you should check in the CARFAX report:
- Did the dealership sell the vehicle for more than the declared price?
- Did the dealership hide or fail to disclose prior accidents?
- Did the dealership hide or fail to disclose prior use of the vehicle as a rental car?
- Did the dealership hide or fail to disclose prior frame damage or flood damage?
- Did the dealership hide or fail to disclose prior engine defects and major repairs?
- Did you find an improper disclosure of deferred down payments?
- Did the dealership add extra options or features without your consent?
If the CARFAX report shows any of the undisclosed things listed above, then you might have an auto fraud case on your hands instead of a lemon law case. The dealer was deceitful when selling you the car, and you should be entitled to compensation for it.
Our firm also auto fraud cases on top of lemon cases. Call us if any of the following happens to you and we can help:
- The dealer lied about financing,
- The dealer lied about the down payment,
- The dealer lied about repairs,
- The dealer lied about the vehicle’s history, or
- The dealer lied to you in general to sell you the vehicle.
When Should a Lemon Law Attorney Get Involved?
A lemon law attorney should get involved if any of the following conditions are met within 18 months of purchase or before incurring 18,000 miles:
- The dealership tried to repair your car twice over a warranty issue that could have resulted in a serious injury or death.
- The dealership attempted to fix an issue four times during the warranty period.
- The vehicle was in the shop for over 30 days fixing your car.
The dealership might take longer to fix a certain issue with your car. However, if any of the conditions are met, you should consider taking legal action. Driving a lemon car is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death for you and for others.
If any of the conditions listed apply to you, call our firm immediately for your FREE case evaluation and consultation. Our lemon law attorneys will help you get out of your lemon and be safe on the road.
What Can a Lemon Law Attorney Do if the Dealership Holds My Car Too Long for Repair?
Do not wait too long questioning how long a dealership can hold your car for repair. If it’s taking more than 30 days, then you have a solid case against the dealership. According to California lemon law, you are entitled to a replacement or refund if the dealership holds your car too long for repair.
Our lemon law lawyers can help you:
- get a refund,
- return your car to the dealership and get out of the contract, or
- keep the car, and make the dealership reimburse for the repair/pre-existing damages.
Before contacting a lemon law attorney, you should get the car details in order. Make sure that you have a transparent paper trail and all documents including your insurance, warranty, repair complaint, etc, are in order. This helps the attorney get to the bottom of the issue quickly and helps you get faster results.
Get Free Case Evaluation From Our Lemon Law Attorneys
If the dealership held your car for repair for over 30 days, made multiple repair attempts on a serious defect, or tried to fix a warranty issue at least four times, call our firm immediately. This means that your vehicle is most likely a lemon and can be life-threatening to drive.
The attorneys at Consumer Action Law Group can help you with the following:
- How long can a dealership hold your car for repair?
- Did the dealership sell you a lemon car?
- Provide FREE consultation and legal advice
- Provide a FREE case evaluation
- Recommend a further action plan regarding the lemon car (within minutes!)
A lot of precious time is wasted thinking of how long can a dealership hold my car. The federal lemon law is very clear about when a vehicle is deemed a lemon. Contact our lemon law attorneys to get help with your lemon vehicle today.
Call Consumer Action Law Group today for your FREE consultation and case evaluation