Canyon Lemon Law Lawyer
The GMC Canyon is a midsize truck that offers an enormous towing capacity, maneuverable size, and a gas V6 or diesel four-cylinder engine. Unfortunately, some GMC Canyon trucks have manufacturing defects or require time in the repair shop. If you’ve purchased a GMC Canyon that is a lemon, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of a replacement vehicle, a cash payment, or a buyback.
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Have you purchased a GMC Lemon in California? If so, it’s crucial that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Wirtz Law, we advocate for consumers who have purchased lemons to receive the compensation they deserve. Wirtz Law has a proven track record of holding auto manufacturers accountable. Contact the experienced GMC lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Common Lemon Law Defects in a GMC Canyon
The first generation of GMC Canyon included compact trucks, while the second generation, launched in 2015, are midsize. Unfortunately, there are many common defects with GMC Canyon trucks.
Many owners of GMC Canyon trucks have complained about ongoing transmission problems. GMC Canyons have been known to have issues related to gear shifting. Some of the vehicles take too much time to downshift or upshift, while others shift roughly. Problems with shifting can be dangerous as driving while in the wrong gear can cause problems such as jerking, making it difficult to control the vehicle. Other transmission problems include the truck moving while parked and the automatic four-wheel drive becoming stuck in a low gear. Transmission failure is another dangerous defect in some GMC Canyon trucks.
Steering problems common with GMC Canyon trucks include power steering not working and the power steering assistance turning off while driving, increasing the risk of accidents. Some owners have stated that even after the steering racks and pinions have been replaced, the power steering may fail afterward. Other common problems include the steering wheel drifting to one side and power steering outright falling. Some owners have reported that the steering column fails within 4,000 miles.
Engine and Brake Problems
Some GMC Canyon engines have begun breaking down as soon as 3,000 miles after purchasing the vehicle. Common complaints include engine misfires, hesitation, refusing to start, and stalling. Drivers have also complained that their GMC Canyons have driven roughly or begun to stall when they change speeds.
In some cases, the engine will cut itself off and shut down without warning when a driver begins to speed up. In other cases, simply slowing down or speeding up can cause the engine to shut off on its own. Brake problems include loud squealing noises when the driver presses the brake pedal. Even when the defective brake parts are replaced, some of the vehicles continue to have brake problems.
Malfunctioning Air Conditioning and Heating
The climate control system in the GMC Canyon is intended to keep the cabin comfortable no matter the outside temperature. Some GMC Canyon owners have reported problems with the air conditioning stopping abruptly. These types of problems are usually caused by a faulty instrument panel, leaks in the heater core, a defective heater, or a noisy fan clutch. Unfortunately, some owners have continued to have problems with the air conditioning or heating even after taking the vehicle in for repairs.
California’s Lemon Law for GMC Canyon Vehicles
California lemon law is designed to protect consumers who purchase faulty vehicles. When a vehicle needs repairs for a single defect or multiple problems and it is under warranty when it needs repairs, the owner may be qualified for a buyback of their vehicle or a new replacement vehicle. California’s lemon law protects new vehicles as well as purchased and leased vehicles. Your vehicle must have been under warranty when you took it to the repair shop for you to be eligible for a remedy through California lemon law.
Additionally, you will need to be able to show that you have made a reasonable number of attempts to repair your vehicle. Depending on the seriousness of the issue, a reasonable number of attempts could be as few as two repair attempts. Suppose the brakes of your truck have failed while driving. Brake failure is a serious issue that can cause a dangerous accident. In that case, taking your vehicle in twice for repairs would probably constitute a reasonable number of repair attempts. You do not have to take your GMC Canyon to the repair shop for the same defect to be eligible for a remedy.
How Much Is My GMC Canyon Lemon Law Claim Worth?
In order to recover the damages under California’s lemon law, you need to show your vehicle is a lemon. The defect or defects in your GMC Canyon need to substantially impair your vehicle’s use, value, or safety. California offers broad protection when it comes to lemons, so if you’ve had to take your vehicle in at least twice for repairs and the problem isn’t fixed, there’s a good chance that your vehicle is a lemon.
If your GMC Canyon is eligible as a lemon, you will be entitled to consequential and incidental damages. Incidental damages include all of the expenses you’ve incurred because you have a lemon, such as rental car fees and tow truck expenses. Suppose the manufacturer intentionally violated California’s lemon laws by refusing to purchase your lemon back. In that case, you may be entitled to up to twice the amount of your actual damages.
Contact a GMC Canyon Lemon Law Attorney in California
If you’ve had to take your GMC Canyon to the repair shop two or more times and the issue hasn’t been fixed, you may have purchased a lemon. It’s essential that you discuss your case with a lemon law attorney as soon as possible so your potential lemon law claim doesn’t expire. You only have four years to file a lemon law claim in California.
If you suspect that your GMC Canyon is a lemon, contact Wirtz Law as soon as possible to schedule your free case evaluation. One of our experienced attorneys will evaluate your case and help you understand all of your legal options.
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