Toyota Lemon Law Claims


Toyota Lemon Law Lawyer

Founded in 1937, Toyota is a Japan-based auto manufacturer and one of the largest and most historically successful auto manufacturers globally. The Toyota Camry sedan and Toyota Tacoma pickup truck are two of the best-selling vehicles of all time. Toyotas are well-known for their reliability and affordability. Unfortunately for many, this includes frequent visits to the repair shop. Every year, some Toyota customers purchase lemons.

Discuss Your Case With a Toyota Lemon Law Attorney

If you suspect that you’ve purchased a defective Toyota, you may be entitled to compensation under California’s lemon law. The experienced lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law will pursue your compensation claim and protect your rights at no cost to you. We have a proven track record of successfully fighting for clients, recovering tens of millions for clients just like you. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. 

Is Your Toyota a Lemon?

California has one of the most pro-consumer lemon laws in the country. California’s lemon law protects consumers who’ve leased or purchased defective vehicles in California. The owner may qualify for compensation when a new vehicle under warranty has had ongoing problems that a dealer has unsuccessfully attempted to fix after multiple repair visits. Your Toyota must have a substantial defect that hasn’t been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts to be eligible for compensation under the lemon law.  Your Toyota may qualify as a lemon with as few as two repair attempts.

What Is a Substantial Defect?

A substantial defect affects the vehicle’s use, value, or safety. A substantial defect prevents you from driving your vehicle as it was intended to be driven. If you can’t use the car as you wanted, its value is substantially diminished to you.  Or, if you can’t sell your Toyota for the price you would get without the defect, the defect is substantial. Finally, if a safety defect puts you as the driver, passenger, or anyone else on the road in danger, the defect is substantial. 

You will also need to show that you’ve given Toyota a reasonable number of attempts to repair the problem. Two visits to the repair shop may be enough.  If your vehicle has been in the repair shop for a cumulative 30 days or longer, you will meet the requirement for a reasonable number of repair attempts. 

Common Toyota Defects 

Toyota manufactures many different models of trucks, cars, and SUVs, and each model comes with its common defects. Many different defects could cause a Toyota to be a lemon, but some of the most common defects that affect Toyota include the following:

  • Engine issues such as knocking, vibrating, and engine failure
  • The check engine or other warning lights are illuminated
  • Faulty heating or air-conditioning system
  • Transmission problems such as trouble shifting or irregular acceleration
  • Engine issues, such as knocking, engine failure, vibrating, etc.

If you’ve experienced one or more of these issues or any other issues with your Toyota, and you’ve taken it into Toyota for repairs at least twice, you probably have a lemon. We recommend contacting Wirtz Law to schedule a free case evaluation as soon as possible. One of our lemon law attorneys will carefully review your case and determine whether or not you’ve purchased a lemon. There is no cost to you.

Toyota Lemon Law in California 

California’s lemon law applies to trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, cars, and some business vehicles. California’s lemon law protects all vehicle makes and models in California, including the following types of Toyota models:

  • Toyota Avalon
  •  Toyota 4Runner
  •  Toyota Camry
  •  Toyota C-HR
  •  Toyota Corolla
  •  Toyota FJ Cruiser
  •  Toyota FR-S/86
  •  Toyota Highlander
  •  Toyota iQ
  •  Toyota Land Cruiser
  •  Toyota Mirai
  •  Toyota Prius
  •  Toyota RAV-4
  •  Toyota Sequoia
  •  Toyota Sienna
  •  Toyota Supra
  •  Toyota Tacoma
  •  Toyota Tundra
  •  Toyota Venza
  •  Toyota Yaris

I Think My Toyota Is Defective. What Should I Do Now?

If you suspect that your Toyota is a lemon, we recommend gathering your purchase and repair records. You should also keep a log of all communication between you and the Toyota dealership, including text messages, emails, and phone calls. Keeping records will help you prove that you have given the dealership a reasonable number of opportunities to fix your vehicle. 

Once you’ve given Toyota a reasonable number of repair attempts, it’s time to reach out to a lemon law attorney after your vehicle has been in for repairs two or more times. At Wirtz law, we will help you understand your options to pursue compensation in the form of a replacement vehicle or through a buyback.

Pursuing a Toyota Replacement or Buyback

The dealership must repurchase or buy back your Toyota if it is considered a lemon under California’s lemon law. You may request a replacement Toyota of a similar style and model. Toyota may offer to buy back your vehicle, or Toyota may offer to help you purchase a new vehicle so you can get out of your lemon. They may even tell you that they follow the guidelines in California’s lemon law. In reality, they may be trying to make a profit off of you. 

You should have an attorney on your side because Toyota may provide you with an insufficient amount of money for your defective Toyota. One of the skilled lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law will protect your rights by negotiating with the dealership, pursuing a fair settlement. We will also pursue the recovery of all of your incidental expenses, such as tow truck fees and rental car expenses. If Toyota willfully fails to follow the lemon law, you may also be entitled to civil penalties up to two times your actual damage. Before signing any agreement with the dealership, make sure you consult with an attorney. 

Contact a Toyota Lemon Law Attorney in California

If you’ve purchased a Toyota that’s a lemon, you don’t have to deal with the stress and expense of owning a lemon. Our Toyota lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law are ready to pursue all the compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of holding car dealerships like Toyota accountable. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

The lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law help residents of California with the Toyota lemon law claims all throughout California including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. 

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