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How to File a Lemon Law Claim in California

Protecting the Rights of Consumers in California

Many people purchase or lease a new vehicle with the expectation of a fresh start. The car has low mileage, no wear and tear, and comes with a warranty. However, within the next few months or years, you repeatedly have to take your car in for repairs, only to have the problems repeat themselves. This can be frustrating and inconvenient—and make you wish you had never purchased or leased the vehicle.

Fortunately, you do not have to simply accept repeated repair attempts, as California’s Lemon Law provides rights and options for you. Applications to exercise your lemon law rights are available online. Many people try to simply fill out the application and pursue a claim on their own—but they soon run into problems or the dealers and manufacturers take advantage of people.

Instead of tackling the confusing laws and time-consuming process by yourself, discuss the possibility of a claim with an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with this process.

The following is a brief guide to filing a lemon law claim, but please do not hesitate to call Sotera Anderson, a California Lemon Law attorney, to discuss the best course of action in your specific case.

Seek Repairs for Problems With Lemon Cars

What is a lemon car? If you are experiencing problems with your vehicle while it is still under warranty, always take it to the appropriate location—usually a dealership or manufacturer—for repairs. Too many people get busy or notice that a problem comes and goes, so they put off fixing their vehicles. However, a car manufacturer is not required to fix a problem it does not even know about. To exercise your rights under the Lemon Law, the manufacturer must have a reasonable opportunity to fix the problem.

When you take your vehicle in, make sure to inform the staff about all of your concerns, and that the staff records those concerns on repair orders. In addition, always keep and maintain all records related to attempted repairs, which can include repair orders and receipts. Dealerships may misplace records or even close, leaving you no access to records that you did not keep yourself.

Collect the Necessary Documents

Any legal case will involve documents and other evidence to prove your valid claim, and lemon law claims are no different. The right attorney may advise you of all the paperwork you need to collect and have ready to file with your claim. Such documents may include:

  • Proof of your vehicle purchase or your leasing contract
  • Information regarding the warranty you received
  • All repair orders, repair bills, and receipts for any work on your vehicle
  • Notes regarding any additional conversations you had with a dealer or manufacturer, as well as emails or other correspondence

Our attorneys can inform you of the documents needed and organize them in a manner that best supports your lemon law claim. We can also use these documents during arbitration or in court, should further legal action be necessary.

Do Not Delay: Contact a California Lemon Law Attorney Today

If you have taken your vehicle in for repairs numerous times, do not wait any longer to discuss a possible lemon car law claim with an experienced lemon law lawyer. The sooner you take action, the sooner Attorney Sotera L. Anderson can start working on your behalf and offering her legal advice.

The Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson can seek the following on your behalf:

  • Repurchase or replacement of your vehicle
  • Cash and you keep the vehicle
  • Incidental damages

The Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson always fights for the full relief you deserve after dealing with a lemon vehicle. Sotera L. Anderson will evaluate whether your situation qualifies for a buyback, replacement vehicle, or other remedies under California Lemon Law. She knows how to take necessary actions and file claims on your behalf to ensure you receive a fair outcome if you are eligible to file a claim under California’s lemon law. She also represents her clients throughout the entire arbitration or litigation process and aggressively seeks relief for you. She represents clients in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and throughout California.

If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, even if it’s a used lemon you bought from a dealer, do not feel frustrated any longer. Call the Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson at 1-855-96-(LEMON) or contact us online today for more information.