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What is the Lemon Law in California?

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act is the California Lemon Law. If the manufacturer can’t timely fix your car, truck, boat, or RV under warranty you may be entitled to a buyback, replacement, or cash and keep. This is true even if they continue to cover repair attempts under warranty, only temporarily fix it, or take too many days or too many repair attempts to get there, which may be as few as 2. And they won’t tell you you’re able to hire a lemon law lawyer and make them pay for it under the Lemon Law (CA Civ. Code § 1794(d).

What are the requirements for a vehicle to be considered a lemon under the law?

While each case is different, the most basic requirement of the California lemon law is that, during the manufacturer’s warranty period, a vehicle was serviced at a dealership twice for the same safety-related problem, four times for the same non-safety-related problem, or that it spent at least 30 days out of service. There are plenty of exceptions, call us to find out more. 

Which Vehicles are Eligible?

Cars, trucks, motorhomes, boats, trailers, motorcycles, and ATV’s / UTV’s.

What Should I Do if I Feel My Vehicle Is a Lemon?

If you wonder whether your vehicle may be a lemon call us, we’re here to help answer any questions you may have.  You have rights under the California Lemon Law.  The manufacturers have a team of attorneys, you should have a team too!  
If your vehicle is having issues under warranty be sure to take it to the dealer as needed, and make sure to get a Repair Order documenting your repair visit.  Please double check to make sure they include all items you brought it in for.  

What Could I be Entitled to Under the California Lemon Law?

  • A repurchase (buyback), replacement, or cash for repairs.  
  • Reimbursement of repairs 
  • Reimbursement of rental car expenses
  • Plus reimbursement of other expenses depending on specific circumstances

Why should I retain your law office?

By choosing us you will benefit by having our whole team take care of your case. We are one of the original California Lemon Law firms focusing solely on lemon law and have been here since 2003. We have the most experienced and successful attorneys, and we get the best results. Because we’ve been successfully doing this for so long we have the necessary experience, connections, reputation, and resources to get you the best result.

Isn’t it expensive for someone to retain an attorney?

Our help is 100% free to you.  California’s lemon law requires the manufacturer to pay your legal fees and costs upon the successful outcome of your case.  
While some lemon law firms charge an up-front retainer or have their clients pay legal costs along the way, our’s does not.  We front our time and pay the legal costs of your case out of our pocket.  When we win we get paid by the manufacturer.  And if by any chance we don’t succeed, we eat our fees and costs.  No fees, no costs, no bull.  

Do Used Vehicles Qualify?

A used vehicle may qualify if it was purchased under the manufacturer’s warranty and was taken in for repairs covered by and during that warranty. To learn more call now.

What if I leased my vehicle?

Leased vehicles are subject to the same warranty benefits and limitations as purchased vehicles. However, please notify us of your lease end date, as it may be more difficult to pursue a lemon law action if you are no longer in possession of the vehicle.

What information is important on a repair order?

Make sure the repair order accurately reflects the date you dropped off the vehicle for repair and the date you picked up the vehicle after repairs were completed. Make sure the dealership accurately describes your complaint in your words, not the dealership’s words.

I’ve taken in my vehicle for repairs several times, but I was never given a repair order or I haven’t kept records. What can I do?

You may be able to request the repair history directly from the dealer. Contact our office for more guidance on assembling your records.

How will a Lemon Law case affect my relationship with my local dealership?

We are not against car manufacturers or dealers in general. What we are against is fraud and broken promises.  We generally do not file suit against dealerships in lemon law cases, and in most cases you should be able to continue receiving service from the same dealership without any change in the relationship.
Many service writers at the dealerships are as stuck as you. It is not their fault if the factory won’t authorize a repair, and often they feel terrible when they’re unable to get the manufacturer to provide the help they know their customers deserve. So if you’re in a frustrating situation at the service aisle, don’t take it out on the service writer or dealer – call us.  If the manufacturer is at fault we can go after them.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Each case is different.  Depending on the problems and which manufacturer it can be resolved in as short as a few months.  However, some car companies are extremely difficult and will fight harder and longer, which is why you need a very well experienced lemon law team like our’s on your side.  So while we would love to tell you it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 we will never just tell you what you want to hear, we will tell you the truth about your case and how long it should take to resolve.

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