We Help Vehicle Owners in Los Angeles With California’s Lemon Law
Los Angeles is known as a city where you need a car to get around—and we have the traffic to prove it. As a result, Los Angeles lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson understands the critical need for reliable transportation—and the disruptions that come when the vehicle you leased or bought with your hard-earned money turns out to be a lemon.
If you leased or purchased a new or used vehicle that came with a warranty and you experience significant problems with it, California’s lemon law may entitle you to relief. Sotera L. Anderson focuses her legal practice exclusively on helping people with lemon law claims. As a former attorney for manufacturers and dealers, she knows how they operate, including trying to avoid liability under the law. To schedule a free case evaluation with Ms. Anderson, call today at 1-855-96-LEMON (53666) or send us an email through our online contact form.
California Lemon Law Basics
How does the lemon law work? When you lease or purchase a new or used vehicle under warranty, you should not have to deal with mechanical problems, breaking down on the side of the road, or endless trips to the dealer for repairs. Fortunately, the California state legislature agrees with you and has enacted a law that protects consumers from exactly this scenario.
California’s lemon law offers protection to people who have purchased or leased new or used cars under a manufacturer’s (and sometimes dealer’s) warranty. The law provides that when a manufacturer (or authorized dealer) cannot repair a vehicle that a warranty covers after a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer who purchased the vehicle may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund.
The lemon law covers both new and used vehicles, provided they are sold in the state of California and sold with the manufacturer’s (and sometimes dealer’s) warranty. Notably, members of the Armed Forces who are residents of or stationed in California can exercise their rights under the law regardless of where their vehicles were purchased.
The following new and used vehicles that are leased or sold in California by a dealer and that come with a warranty are covered:
- Pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, and passenger cars
- Dealer demonstrator vehicles
The lemon law provides consumers protection as long as the manufacturer’s original warranty is in place or the dealer gave you a warranty. In some cases, the lemon law allows you to obtain relief after the warranty period ends, so long as several repairs took place within the warranty period. To determine if this applies in your case, call our office today to speak to an attorney familiar with the provisions of California’s lemon law.
What Is a “Reasonable” Number of Repairs?
The law allows manufacturers a reasonable number of attempts to repair a warranty-covered issue before they are liable to the consumer. But what constitutes “reasonable?” While the law does not specifically define reasonable, it does impose a legal presumption that a vehicle is a lemon after a manufacturer or authorized dealer cannot repair the problems after making a certain number of attempts.
If the manufacturer or authorized dealer reaches or exceeds the number of repair attempts as specified by the law, a court will presume that there has been a reasonable number of chances to repair the vehicle unless the manufacturer can produce evidence to the contrary.
The lemon law does not apply to minor problems—they must substantially impair the vehicle’s value, use, or safety to the consumer. In addition, the issues cannot result from a modification, misuse or abuse of the vehicle.
How Do I Know if My Vehicle is Covered Under California’s Lemon Law?
Determining whether a particular vehicle qualifies as a lemon requires an analysis of complicated issues. Do not assume that you do not have a valid claim. You may have a claim even if you no longer own the vehicle. If you experience problems with your vehicle and feel that California’s lemon law may cover it, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. If you wait, you run the risk of missing out on the chance to get a new vehicle or your money back. There are deadlines to bring lemon law claims, so contact a lemon law attorney for legal advice.
Call Our Office Today to Speak With a Los Angeles Lemon Law Lawyer
If you believe that your vehicle is a lemon and would like to learn whether California’s lemon law may entitle you to a new vehicle, cash or a refund, call Sotera, the California Lemon Law Attorney from the Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson, as soon as possible. Ms. Anderson will review your case at no cost to you and let you know whether she believes you have a claim. In addition, should you choose to proceed with a claim and have Ms. Anderson represent you, you will not owe anything for her legal representation, because the manufacturer has to pay her, not you.
To schedule your free case evaluation with California lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson call her office today at 1-855-96-LEMON. You can also contact her online by sending an email through her online contact form.