A Lawyer in San Diego Representing the Rights of Consumers Who Have Purchased Problem Vehicles
If you purchased or leased a new or used vehicle under warranty that has problems that the manufacturer or dealer can’t seem to fix, there is a good chance that California’s consumer-friendly lemon law may entitle you to relief. To learn more about the lemon law or to discuss your situation with an attorney at no cost, call our office today at 1-855-96-(LEMON) or contact us online. Filing a lemon law claim requires meeting strict deadlines, so call an attorney as soon as you realize that your vehicle might be a lemon.
Lemons Can Cost You Time and Money
Car problems are a significant hassle—that’s probably part of the reason you bought a car that was under warranty in the first place. When you live in a place like San Diego, it is critical that you have access to reliable transportation and breaking down can be extremely disruptive. Not only do you have to wait for a tow, you also have to deal with the people at the repair shop, make alternative arrangements for transportation, which, in some cases, means adding a significant amount of time to your daily commute. In some cases, vehicle problems may even affect your performance at work or at school—or even cost you a job.
Because of these serious issues, we do everything we can to resolve your lemon law case as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether we’re seeking a refund or a replacement vehicle or even cash, we will work diligently to resolve your case and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
California Lemon Law Basics
California’s lemon law is part of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Fundamentally, it says that a manufacturer must give you a refund or replace your vehicle if it has problems that affect its use, value or safety that the manufacturer or its dealers cannot fix within a reasonable amount of tries. The law applies to both new and used vehicles that were sold with warranty. The following types of vehicles are covered by the lemon law:
- Pickup trucks
- Dealer-owned demonstrators or other vehicles that are sold with the manufacturer’s warranty
- Used cars sold with a dealer’s warranty
California’s lemon law is a complicated piece of legislation, but fundamentally, a lemon law claim is based on multiple repair attempts for the same problem that the warranty covers. If you believe this applies to you, contact an attorney immediately.
Was Your Claim Denied? You May Still Have Options
Many people try and file a lemon law claim on their own only to be denied—and then give up. As a consumer, it is important to understand that an initial denial of a claim is not the last word and that you may have options. Here are some common reasons that a manufacturer may wrongfully deny a legitimate lemon law claim:
- Their personnel are not well-trained on California’s lemon law
- They hope that you will simply give up after a denial
- They fail to collect all the facts—many manufacturers only look at the warranty repair history and fail to account for repair opportunities for which the dealer did not make a warranty claim
In some cases, manufacturers have a legitimate legal defense to a lemon law claim—for example, if you missed the deadline to file a claim, the law doesn’t cover the problem, or you are seeking relief for which the law does not provide, like emotional distress. Whatever the reason, if your claim was denied, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Choosing the Right Lemon Law Attorney
California’s lemon law is extremely complicated and few lawyers focus on it. Many lemon claims are resolved out-of-court, and the experience and skill of an attorney can make a significant impact on the terms of a settlement. As a consumer, some of the questions you should ask an attorney before hiring him or her include:
- Have you tried a case?
- Have you taken depositions?
- Will I speak with you directly or your staff?
- Are you handling the case personally or will you delegate tasks to a paralegal or associate attorney?
In addition, ask whether the attorney will charge you fees or take a portion of your refund. If they say they will, walk out the door or hang up the phone. California’s lemon law provides that manufacturers are required to pay a successful claimant’s attorney fees, which means that you should not have to pay anything for legal representation.
At the conclusion of a successful case, you should receive either a replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price plus any ancillary costs you may have incurred by purchasing the vehicle. Finally, because most attorneys take lemon cases on a contingency fee basis, you should not have to pay anything if your claim does not succeed. In other words, you should never have to pay an attorney for lemon law representation.
Call Us Today to Speak with a San Diego Lemon Law Lawyer
When you purchase or lease a vehicle that a warranty covers, you rightfully expect it to function as it should—and if it doesn’t, the manufacturer should fix the problem within a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and a significant number of consumers in the San Diego area are forced to deal with vehicles that they can best describe as lemons.
If you believe that California’s lemon law may entitle you to relief, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. San Diego lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson is an experienced lemon law attorney who knows how to get consumers the relief they deserve and understands how manufacturers and dealers try and avoid liability under the law—because she used to represent them. After years of seeing auto manufacturers taking advantage of people like you, she decided to use what she learned to help consumers obtain justice.
To schedule a free consultation with Ms. Anderson, call our office today at 1-855-96-(LEMON) or contact her online.