Express Warranties

Understanding Express Warranties

There are two basic warranties that are involved in a Lemon Law case- express warranties and implied warranties. Typically when you purchase a new car, it is accompanied by the manufacturer's express limited warranty. For example- Ford, Toyota, and Honda each have 3 year, 36,000 mile basic express limited warranties, whereas manufacturers like Mercedes have a 4 year, 50,000 mile basic express limited warranty. In order to have a lemon law claim based on a breach of the express warranty, you'll need to give the manufacturer a "reasonable number of repair opportunities" to fix your car. While there is no magic number of repair opportunities where you automatically qualify for the lemon law, our Los Angeles lemon law attorneys know exactly what factors make a great lemon law case. Contact The Law Office of Lawrence J. Hutchens today to get your free consultation!

Can I get damages for the emotional distress this car has caused me?

There are no punitive damages, emotional distress, or pain and suffering damages available under the California lemon law. However, the legislature did provide a way to "punish" manufacturers with a civil penalty. A civil penalty can be awarded when there is a showing of a willful violation of the lemon law by the manufacturer and it can be up to two times the amount of your damages. The Law Office of Lawrence J. Hutchens is one of the premier firms at obtaining civil penalties in both car and recreational vehicle cases. Check out our successes page for examples of the outstanding results we've gotten for our clients.