GMC Terrain Lemon Law Lawyer
The GMC Terrain is a luxury SUV designed to provide customers with an elevated experience. A more upscale version of the Chevy Equinox, the GMC Terrain is one of the most popular GMC vehicles. The small crossover offers drivers a stylish exterior and spacious seating. GMC Terrain vehicles also offer good gas mileage for SUVs. Unfortunately, not all GMC Terrains live up to their reputation. When a GMC Terrain requires ongoing repair, it may be a lemon.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a GMC Terrain Law Attorney
If you own or lease a GMC Terrain that has needed multiple repairs under a manufacturer’s warranty, you may be entitled to compensation. At Wirtz Law, our California lemon law attorneys have a well-earned reputation for successfully advocating for the rights of auto consumers throughout California. If you’ve purchased a GMC Terrain that’s a lemon, we will help you understand all of your options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Is Your GMC Terrain a Lemon?
California’s lemon law applies to new, owned, and leased vehicles under the original manufacturer’s warranty. In some instances, GMC Terrain owners can still recover under California’s lemon laws after the warranty has expired. As long as they took their GMC Terrain and repair services while the warranty was still in effect, they can still make a lemon law claim. If your vehicle has ongoing defects or issues that meet California’s lemon law eligibility requirements, you may qualify for a buyback of your vehicle from the dealership or compensation. If you answer yes to one or more of the questions below, there is a good chance that your vehicle is a lemon:
- Does the issue affect the use, safety, and/or value of the vehicle?
- Have you presented the issue to the manufacturer’s authorized repair facility and allowed them the opportunity to fix the issue?
- Was the manufacturer unable to resolve the issue?
- Was the vehicle still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty or under the warranty when the issue first started happening?
You will need to give the dealership or manufacture a reasonable number of attempts to resolve the issue. The number of repairs you need to provide them with depends on the type of defect. In most cases, a minimum of two repair attempts are required. However, if the issue disallows reliable and safe transport or is otherwise substantial, fewer attempts could be necessary before your GMC Terrain is considered a lemon. If you aren’t sure whether your vehicle is eligible for lemon law coverage, we recommend contacting Wirtz Law. We will review your case and help you ascertain whether you qualify for relief through California’s lemon law program.
Some newer models of the GMC Terrain have experienced problems with the transmission. Customers have complained of the transmission whining when they are driving between 20 and 28 mph. The issue can go deeper than the transmission making noises. Some GMC Terrains have experienced transmission fluid leaking which can be residual fluid from the assembly. A complete cleaning is required to determine if the transmission is still leaking. Some dealerships refuse to thoroughly investigate the problem or fix the transmission issue. If you have experienced this issue, you may have purchased a lemon.
Electrical System Problems
Electrical issues are another common problem with GMC Terrain SUVs. Owners of lemons experience many different electrical issues, such as no cruise control, no audio, or a vehicle not driving over 50 miles per hour. Parking brakes may engage randomly without user engagement. The vehicle may stop working in all-wheel drive or lose stability traction. Other owners have reported problems with warning lights not turning on properly, putting their safety at risk.
Problems With the Vehicle’s Speed Control
Speed control is necessary to prevent vehicles from speeding up or slowing down and causing an accident. When the speed control system fails, it puts a significant amount of people at risk. Some drivers have reported that when cruise control is engaged at speeds over 70 mph, the vehicle continues to accelerate, reaching speeds of 100 mph or more. These types of defects are particularly dangerous and if you’ve noticed them happening, even one time, we recommend reaching out to one of our lemon law attorneys as soon as possible.
How Much Is My GMC Terrain Lemon Law Claim Worth?
If your GMC Terrain qualifies as a lemon, you will be able to recover actual damages, including a refund. The dealership will be required to buy back your GMC Terrain or to provide you with compensation. You will also be able to recover incidental and consequential damages. For example, if you have had to hire tow trucks and pay for rental cars, you will be able to obtain damages for those expenses. If the GMC dealer intentionally violated California’s lemon law by refusing to offer you compensation or to buy back your vehicle, you may be entitled to as much as twice the amount of your actual damages.
When you work with Wirtz Law, You can rest assured that we will handle your case from start to finish. We will try to negotiate the best outcome possible. When necessary, our trial-ready attorneys are prepared to take your case to court. We may be able to obtain additional compensation for you above and beyond compensation or a buyback from GMC. In California, drivers only have four years to file a lemon law claim, so if you’re considering filing a claim, it’s wise to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.
Reach Out to a GMC Terrain Lemon Law Attorney in California
If you suspect that your GMC Terrain is a lemon, it’s important that you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Putting off your lemon law claim could cost you the compensation you deserve. It’s important that you present your concerns to the dealership or manufacturer early, allowing them to make a reasonable number of repairs attempts. If they are unable or unwilling to repair your GMC Terrain, contact Wirtz Law to schedule your free case evaluation.
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