Can a leased vehicle be a Lemon?

Lemon Law applies to leased and purchased vehicles.

More and more often, we are asked by potential clients, “Can a leased vehicle be a Lemon?” The short answer is: yes, absolutely. 

The large majority of our Lemon Law clients lease, rather than purchase, their vehicles. Thankfully, under California’s Lemon Law, the distinction between a leased vehicle and purchased vehicle is largely irrelevant. 

If your leased vehicle is determined to be a Lemon, the manufacturer will have you surrender (give back) the car much like you would at the end the lease term. You will meet a “surrender agent,” typically a 3rd party company hired by the manufacturer, at a local dealership. 

The surrender agent will do a quick inspection of the vehicle, have you sign some paperwork to transfer over the vehicle, and in most cases will give you your check on the spot.  Most vehicle surrenders take less than 1 hour. 

The manufacturer will pay off the remainder of your lease (if any) directly to the bank once the vehicle is in their possession. 

Contact our Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyers to discuss the details of your potential case. 


Our reputation.

Reputation matters.  At Sina Rez Law, our Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyers have established a highly regarded reputation with all the major car manufacturers. Manufacturers consider a Lemon Law attorney’s reputation as part of their analysis of a claim. They know we won’t back down when many other less experienced attorneys will. This increases the chances of your claim being approved. 

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Get your money.

If our Santa Monica Lemon Law attorneys successfully convince the manufacturer that your vehicle qualifies under California’s Lemon Law, we will force the manufacturer to repurchase your car. That means you get nearly all of your money back, minus a deduction for the amount of miles your vehicle was trouble-free. 

No charge.

If our Santa Monica Lemon Law attorneys are successful in forcing the manufacturer to repurchase your car under California’s Lemon Law, the law says the manufacturer must pay our attorney’s fees and costs. This allows us to represent many people who would otherwise not be able to afford a Lemon Law lawyer. 

Speak with an attorney today before your rights expire.

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Speak with a top-rated Santa Monica Lemon Law lawyer today to understand your rights before they expire. Time is of the essence.

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