Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback Settlement: A Complete Guide



Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed due to the ongoing repairs needed for your defective Cadillac? We understand your frustration, as no one should have to deal with a lemon. With all the hassle and inconvenience, It’s only fair that Cadillac or General Motors (Cadillac’s parent company) compensates you for all the trouble and in this article we will show you how to accomplish that.

In this article, we will explain how you can finally resolve the issue by getting rid of your defective Cadillac and receiving financial compensation under the California Lemon Law. We will discuss the details of the Cadillac buyback program, the qualifications for compensation, and common defects found in Cadillac cars.

Additionally, we will provide information about the affected car models and guide you through the initial steps of filing a Lemon Law claim.


We help California lemon car owners file a Lemon Law claim to:
✅ Get compensation.
✅ Get rid of the defective vehicle.
✅ Get back your peace of mind.

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What is the Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback Option?

The California Lemon Law (also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) offers a remedy called a buyback or repurchase, aiming to compensate you for the expenses associated with purchasing or leasing a defective Cadillac vehicle, including the actual purchase cost and related expenses.

In essence, the Cadillac Lemon Law buyback settlement option occurs when the company agrees to repurchase the vehicle from you and pays you a settlement amount that covers:

  • The original purchase cost of the vehicle.
  • Any sales tax and financing charges you incurred during purchase.
  • Vehicle registration fees.
  • Previous monthly payments you already made.
  • Any outstanding balance on your car loan.
  • Out-of-pocket repair expenses.
  • Towing and alternative transportation costs.
  • Civil penalties, if applicable.
  • Reasonable attorney fees and court filing costs.

Any California consumer has the potential to obtain a Cadillac Lemon Law buyback or repurchase settlement option by::

  • Direct negotiations with Cadillac or GM.
  • Obtaining a favorable court decision.
  • Pursuing an arbitration ruling.

In the upcoming sections, we will delve further into the buyback process and the qualifications needed to receive compensation under this option. Meanwhile, you can watch the video above (Explained: The Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback Process) for additional insights into this Lemon Law settlement option.


How Does The Cadillac Buyback Program Work?

The Cadillac buyback program allows the car manufacturer to indemnify a customer who bought a lemon from them by way of a repurchase or buyback arrangement. This program applies to both newly purchased or leased vehicles and used Cadillac vehicles, as long as the defects or issues occurred within the original warranty period.

How do I get Cadillac to buy back my vehicle?

To receive compensation through this program, specific criteria must be met by your vehicle (discussed in the next section), AND you must file a claim.

The defects or issues should be significant enough to impair the vehicle’s use, functionality, safety, and resale value.

Furthermore, Cadillac must have been aware of these defects, had the opportunity to repair them, and failed to do so after multiple attempts. See the required number of repair visits below.

Cadillac made me a trade-in offer. Is this the same as a buyback?

No, a buyback is distinct from a car trade-in. A car trade-in occurs when you exchange your old vehicle at its current market price (depreciated) for a discount toward the purchase of a new vehicle. On the other hand, a lemon law buyback involves the manufacturer reimbursing you the full amount you paid for the car, along with other related expenses mentioned earlier.

In the following section, we will explore the specific details of how your Cadillac can qualify as a lemon and become eligible for compensation.


Does Your Car Qualify for a Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback?

Merely owning or leasing a faulty Cadillac does not guarantee that you will receive compensation under the California Lemon Law. Your car should satisfy at least one of the following criteria to be classified as a lemon:

  • The vehicle must have been repaired for a significant safety defect (such as steering problems, transmission failures, suspension issues, etc.) at the Cadillac or GM dealership on two separate occasions.
  • The car must have been repaired for a non-safety defect or problem at the dealership on at least four occasions.
  • The vehicle must have been in the possession of the Cadillac dealership for repairs for a total of more than 30 days, which can include a combination of defects.

Now, this is where the concept of Legal Presumption in Lemon Law may apply. According to the law, if any of these conditions are met within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, your car is presumed to be a lemon automatically with very little wiggle room for the auto manufacturer to argue.

If, for some reason, you delayed in filing a claim or the car problems occurred after the initial 18 months or 18,000 miles, what happens then?

You’re still protected as a consumer and have the right to pursue a claim. Even beyond this timeframe, your car may still qualify for compensation, provided the ongoing defects or issues arose during the vehicle’s warranty period. As of this writing, Cadillac’s Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty extends to 4 years or 50,000 miles while their Powertrain Limited Warranty covers a period of 6 years or 70,000 miles. For more information on the types of warranties you have on your vehicle, please visit: Cadillac Warranty & Repairs.


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Common Cadillac Vehicle Defects

While different Cadillac vehicle models may have distinct defects, there are several common issues that can be observed across multiple models. Many Lemon Law claims against Cadillac and GM arise from the presence of one or more of these issues. Here are a few examples:

  • Check engine light
  • Spontaneous shut-offs
  • Oil leaks
  • Faulty sensors
  • Defective evap system
  • Faulty ignition module
  • Engine misfires
  • Faulty injectors
  • Defective fuel pumps
  • Steering wheel locking
  • Air conditioning issues
  • Transmission issues

Please note that the defects mentioned above are not the exclusive criteria for categorizing your vehicle as a lemon. You may be experiencing a different problem with your Cadillac. However, it is crucial to remember that any consistent or recurring defect or issue that significantly hampers the functionality, safety, or value of the vehicle can serve as reason to file a complaint.


Eligible Cadillac Vehicle Models

Wondering which Cadillac models are included under the protection of the Lemon Law? In California, the Lemon Law applies to the following Cadillac vehicle models:

Cadillac XT4 Crossover
Cadillac XT5 Crossover
Cadillac XT6 Crossover
Cadillac Escalade SUV
Cadillac CT5 Sedan
Cadillac CTS Sedan
Cadillac-STS-V Sedan
Cadillac XTS Sedan
Cadillac CT6 Coupe
Cadillac CT6-V Coupe

If you are a California resident and own a defective Cadillac (any of the mentioned models) that is still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty, you may qualify for compensation.

Our team currently assists owners of these Cadillac models from the years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 with their Lemon Law claims.

As you may have noticed, we’re very specific about these model years. In California, there’s a statute of limitations that apply to Lemon Law claims and earlier models may no longer qualify for compensation.


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The Cadillac Buyback Process: Step-By-Step Guide

The Cadillac buyback process under California’s Lemon Law is typically straightforward, involving the following steps:

Consulting a Lawyer

Irrespective of the method you prefer, be it litigation, arbitration, or negotiation, having an experienced and knowledgeable California Lemon Law attorney by your side enhances your chances of success significantly. Most lemon lawyers offer a free no-strings-attached initial consultation and you should take advantage of this. They will provide expert guidance throughout the process and advocate on your behalf to safeguard your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Going Back for Repairs

Completing this step is vital not only for your own safety but also to satisfy the legal criteria for the car to be considered a lemon. If the number of repair visits falls short of the requirement, your attorney may advise you to return your vehicle to the Cadillac dealership for additional repairs to ensure that you meet the necessary qualifications for pursuing your Lemon Law claim.

Gathering Documents

Proper documentation of all your repair visits is critical and can not be overemphasized. This documentation includes repair orders and invoices issued by the Cadillac dealership every time you take your vehicle for repairs. Additionally, other documents, such as warranty papers, purchase or lease receipts, financing documents, towing fees, and out-of-pocket repair receipts, may be necessary to substantiate your case.

Filing Your Case Against Cadillac

Once all the necessary documentary evidence is gathered, your attorney will initiate the process of filing a lawsuit. Upon the official filing of the case, Cadillac will be obliged to adhere to a strict timeline in responding to your compensation claim. This timeline ensures speedy legal proceedings for a timely resolution of your claim.

It is important to note that filing an individual lawsuit under Lemon Law is separate from participating in any ongoing class-action lawsuits that Cadillac may currently be facing for various vehicle problems. Should you choose to file a claim, you must exclude yourself from any class-action lawsuit specific to the defect in your vehicle, for which you have received an inclusion notice from a law firm.

Negotiating an Agreement with Cadillac

Based on our experience handling Lemon Law cases in California, it is common for manufacturers to prefer an out-of-court settlement. They recognize that our attorneys would not pursue a claim without substantial supporting evidence. Manufacturers are generally inclined to negotiate a settlement agreement to avoid a protracted and costly legal battle they are likely to lose.

Going to Trial

If, however, the settlement offer presented by Cadillac, which may include a buyback, cash compensation, or vehicle replacement, is deemed unsatisfactory to you, your attorney is prepared to take legal action on your behalf in court. Their aim is to secure a more favorable settlement proposal for your defective Cadillac and ensure that you receive fair compensation.


Other Options for Settling Your Cadillac Lemon Law Dispute

In addition to the Cadillac Buyback settlement, there are other avenues available for the auto manufacturer to compensate you for your defective vehicle. The two primary alternatives are Vehicle Replacement and Cash and Keep Settlement.

Vehicle Replacement

Instead of a buyback, Cadillac may offer to replace the problematic vehicle with a similar make and model that is free from any defects or issues covered by the Lemon Law. By opting for this option, you can obtain a fully functional vehicle without the persistent problems you have experienced.

Cash and Keep Settlement

Alternatively, Cadillac may propose a cash settlement that allows you to retain the defective vehicle. This negotiated amount aims to account for the diminished value of the vehicle due to its ongoing issues. With this choice, you have the flexibility to keep the vehicle while also receiving financial compensation for its defects.

It’s important to note that these settlement options can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case and ongoing negotiations with Cadillac. It is advisable to seek the guidance of a Lemon Law attorney who can assist you in evaluating the available options and pursuing the most advantageous resolution of your case.


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Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback: The Best Possible Outcome

The Cadillac Lemon Law buyback is the best outcome you can hope to achieve in a claim for compensation.

Under this arrangement, if your vehicle qualifies, Cadillac commits to repurchasing the defective vehicle and compensating you for the full amount you initially paid for it.

Despite some deductions (mileage offset), choosing the buyback option ensures that you not only recover the entire amount you paid for the vehicle, but you will also be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses you incurred for repairs, towing, and temporary rental vehicles during the repair process.

All things being equal, the Cadillac Lemon Law Buyback settlement is unquestionably the most advantageous resolution for a Lemon Law claim involving a defective Cadillac in California.

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Get in Touch With a Cadillac Lemon Law Lawyer Today

The next step is quite simple. Book a free consultation with a reputable Cadillac Lemon Law attorney today.

If you own a defective Cadillac in California that has persistent issues covered by the warranty, which Cadillac or GM has been unable to resolve despite multiple attempts, you may be eligible for compensation.

Don’t hesitate! Take immediate action by initiating a Lemon Law claim with the assistance of a knowledgeable Cadillac Lemon lawyer. Your attorney will skillfully evaluate the strength of your case, provide personalized legal guidance, and expertly navigate you through the claims process.

Here’s the best part – you won’t have to bear any financial burden for these services. Yes, you heard it right! You can have a top caliber attorney by your side without any out-of-pocket expenses.

In California, Lemon Law attorneys operate on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that their attorney fees are covered by the manufacturer (Cadillac) as part of the settlement, and they only get their check if they actually win your case!

So, don’t overthink this situation. It’s time to take action and secure the compensation you rightly deserve. Remember, the law is on your side, and you shouldn’t get stuck with a lemon!


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Historically, Cadillac held a prominent position in the luxury segment within the United States. However, since the 2000s, it has faced stiff competition from European luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes, resulting in a decline in sales compared to its competitors. In 2019, Cadillac achieved a record-breaking sales figure of 390,458 vehicles globally.

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