Where Should I Take My Car for Repairs If I Suspect It Is a Lemon?
Norman Taylor & Associates
January 11, 2022
Seeking repairs is a crucial part of lemon law claims. To make a successful claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that you sought repairs at least twice (for a life-threatening defect) and up to four times for other serious issues. Given how important maintenance is in this process, it’s worth asking: where should you take a car for repairs if you suspect it’s a lemon.
Don’t Do It Yourself
To make a successful lemon law claim, you and your attorney need to demonstrate that you made an effort to get it repaired. For that reason, you should never attempt to repair a lemon by yourself, even if you are a skilled mechanic.
Making a successful claim requires documentation showing that you sought repairs for a specific issue and received a maintenance report or work order documenting that those repairs were done.
Stick With One
When you choose a mechanic to fix issues with a suspected lemon, you should stick with that mechanic until you file your claim. Having all the paperwork and documentation in one place will make it easier to demonstrate that you went to the shop multiple times and had multiple work orders for the same problem. That alone will go a long way toward demonstrating your lemon law claim.
If you go to multiple auto repair shops, you risk different methods of repair or mechanics missing an issue. If your mechanic has documentation showing that the car has come in multiple times for the same issue, they will be better able to diagnose the problem and determine if your car is beyond repair.
An important part of any lemon law claim is taking your vehicle to the manufacturer’s dealer for repair. If you believe you have a lemon, you need to make sure you’re taking all the appropriate steps to establish your claim. That said, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which dealership to go to if your manufacturer isn’t one of the major name-brand vehicles. For that reason, it’s often wise to hire an experienced lemon law attorney to help you manage your case from start to finish.
For all of your lemon law needs and questions contact Norman Taylor & Associates at (888) 449-7639! We have the experience to ensure you are taken care of.