California Lemon Law Attorneys
California’s Lemon Law (Civ. Code § 1793.22) protects you when a new car you buy or lease is defective even after several repair attempts. The Lemon Law protects consumers who have purchased or leased a new or used car, motorcycle, or other vehicle from a California dealership. Under California lemon law you are entitled to a refund or replacement if your vehicle has serious defective issues impairing its value, use or safety.
In California, over 150,000 vehicles sold turn out to be lemons every year. Buying a car is a large purchase that affects every aspect of your daily life from your physical safety and that of your loved ones, to your work, family, and social life. California Lemon Law is what protects you when your big purchase turns out to be a defective nightmare.
Our experienced California lemon law trial attorneys are fierce advocates who fight for you against the giant auto manufacturers. California Lemon Law requires the auto manufacturer to pay your attorneys’ fees and costs for you when you successfully settle your lemon law claim. No out of pocket fees. We get paid by the manufacturer when we win. Schedule your free consultation today.
What is California’s Lemon Law?
“Lemon law” is the term used for a set of legal statutes that protect consumers who have bought vehicles with defects that significantly impair their use, safety, or value. California’s lemon law protects consumers in California who have bought vehicles that, unbeknownst to them, are defective and in need of multiple repairs. The law aims to protect you by obliging manufacturers to repair defective vehicles within a “reasonable number of attempts.” When the manufacturer is unable to do so, then it must offer a “lemon law buyback.”
What is a Lemon?
Under California’s lemon law statute, a lemon is a new or used vehicle with a nonconformity, defect, or condition that is covered by a manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty, and that substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, safety, or value, and that still exists after giving the manufacturer a reasonable opportunity to repair.
If a vehicle is a lemon, the manufacturer or dealer may be obliged to replace your vehicle, give you a full refund of the purchase price (subtracting deductions permitted by the law), or provide you with an appropriate cash settlement. For purposes of replacement or repurchase, the value of your lemon is subject to a reduction for your use of it. Your vehicle is determined to be a lemon after multiple repair attempts are made.
How much is my Lemon worth under California Lemon Law?
If your vehicle is a lemon, you may be entitled to a new vehicle or your money back. A “lemon law buyback” can be either a full refund of the purchase price (less certain deductions permitted by law) or a materially identical replacement vehicle. When it comes to a replacement or a refund, the value of your lemon is subject to a reduction for your use of it.
Do I need a lawyer to file a lemon law claim?
No. California Lemon Law absolutely allows you to file your own claim without the help of an experienced lemon law attorney. A more important question to ask yourself is, “Should I file a lemon law claim on my own?” Again, no. A California lemon law attorney knows the ins and outs of the auto manufacturers’ tricks to protecting their own interests instead of yours.
An experienced trial team will help you maximize your recovery and get back what you are rightfully owed under the law. Call us or schedule your free consultation today and we will walk you through the process, no obligations. If your vehicle is a lemon we can handle your case at no charge to you. We handle these matters on a contingency basis and we have the manufacturers pay our fees and your costs when you win.