The British Motor Corporation and its successors manufactured the original mini-series of vehicles called the Mini Cooper beginning in 1961. Since the early 2000s, Mini Coopers have been produced by BMW. Customers who purchased the iconic Mini Cooper vehicle assume that it will come with an excellent, German-engineered engine. However, some customers who purchase iconic Mini Coopers drive off the lot with lemons.
Is Your Mini Cooper a Lemon? Wirtz Law Can Help
The joy of purchasing or leasing a new Mini Cooper can be quickly overshadowed when your vehicle needs constant repairs and issues continue to keep your vehicle off the road and in the repair shop. If you have had to take your Mini Cooper into the repair shop two or more times, you may have purchased a lemon.
At Wirtz Law, our California lemon law attorneys understand consumer law and can help you handle your lemon law claim in California. We will assess your lemon law claim and guide you through the process while pursuing the manufacturer refund or replacement you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free no obligation initial consultation.
California’s Lemon Law for Mini Coopers
California lemon law protects consumers throughout California. Any model of a Mini Cooper can be considered a lemon if it fails to meet the requirements under California’s lemon law. When a vehicle has a substantial defect that limits its safety, value, or usefulness, and it’s repaired under warranty, you may be entitled to compensation.
Vehicles that are new can qualify under the lemon law as long as they are repaired under the factory warranty or were still under warranty when you sought out two or more repairs. The lemon law covers all car makes and models of vehicles sold in California, including the following Mini models:
- Mini Hatch
- Hardtop 2 Door
- Hardtop 4 Door
- Mini Clubman
- Mini Countryman
- Mini Coupe
- Mini Roadster
- Mini Paceman
Is My Mini Cooper Faulty?
We recommend scheduling a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys if you are wondering whether your Mini Cooper is a lemon. After reviewing your case, we will help you understand your rights under California lemon law. You will need to show that your vehicle has been repaired under warranty and has a substantial defect to successfully file a lemon law claim for your defective Mini Cooper.
You may still qualify even if your Mini Cooper is out of warranty. You’ll need to show that you’re experiencing an ongoing issue and your Mini Cooper had been in the shop at least twice before the expiration of the warranty. California’s lemon law applies to leased and owned vehicles. A certified pre-owned vehicle can qualify as a lemon as long as it is repaired under a manufacturer’s warranty.
Does Your Mini Cooper Have a Substantial Impairment?
California’s lemon law only covers non-trivial vehicle defects. In order to recover under the lemon law, you’ll need to show that your Mini Cooper has a defect or defects that substantially impaired the use, safety, or value of the vehicle. You will need to show how your vehicle has been substantially impaired.
For example, you may be able to show that the your Mini Cooper is not of the same value to you because it is not reliable or that the retail value of your Mini Cooper is significantly lower than what it would be if it didn’t have a defect. You could also show that you are not able to enjoy and use your Mini Cooper as you should be able to because of the defect. Finally, if it’s a defect that puts you, your passengers, or anyone else on the road at risk of injury or death, your Mini Cooper has a substantial impairment.
Getting a Buyback or a Replacement of Your Mini Cooper
As long as your Mini Cooper is eligible as a lemon under California’s lemon law, BMW will be legally required to buy back or replace your Mini Cooper. You can choose to require BMW to buy back your vehicle so you can purchase another vehicle. Alternatively, you may choose to require BMW to replace your vehicle with the same or similar model that is not a lemon.
If BMW willfully violated California law, you will be entitled to additional civil damages of twice your actual damages. In many cases, our lemon law attorneys are able to obtain additional civil damages and attorneys’ fees and costs on behalf of our clients. Working with an attorney is important because dealerships will often try to deny that there is a substantial impairment of the Mini Cooper to avoid offering a buyback or a replacement. The attorneys at Wirtz Law have a proven track record of fighting on behalf of clients to hold auto manufacturers like BMW accountable.
Common Mini Cooper Defects
There have recently been complaints about defective airbags in Mini Coopers. Some consumers have stated that the airbags have not opened and the seat belt does not work properly during an accident. Other issues involve the powertrain. In some cases, the shifter will bump into neutral while the driver is traveling fast or slowly, putting his or her safety at risk. Other common Mini Cooper problems include the following:
- Noisy timing chains
- Air conditioning noises and problems
- Clutch failure
- Transmission complications and early replacement
- Electric power steering pump failure
If your Mini Cooper has any of the above issues or another issue not listed, it may be a lemon. Contact Wirtz Law today to schedule your free case evaluation to learn more about your legal options. You may be entitled to a buyback or replacement Mini Cooper from BMW.
Contact a Mini Cooper Lemon Law Attorney in California
Your Mini Cooper may be a lemon if it still has problems even after giving the dealership a reasonable number of repair attempts to repair it. You may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund for the vehicle. Working with a California lemon law attorney is essential. One of the attorneys at Wirtz Law will work diligently to pursue all of the compensation you deserve. Contact Wirtz Law today to schedule your free initial consultation.
The lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law help residents of California with the Mini lemon law claims all throughout California including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County.
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