Costa Mesa is a thriving community in Orange County, California, that has grown from a rural farming town of only 16,800 in the 1950s to a sizable city with a current population of 110,000. Costa Mesa is situated just 37 miles south of Los Angeles and 88 miles north of San Diego.

The Costa Mesa economy in the 21st century is heavily reliant upon services and retail. The most important commercial center in the area is South Coast Plaza, with its 322 stores. It is one of the highest-volume shopping centers in the United States, with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.  Costa Mesa also is the home of the offices and training facilities for the NFL team Los Angeles Chargers.

Major employers in Costa Mesa include:

  • Experian
  • Orange Coast College
  • Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Dynamic Cooking Systems
  • IBM FileNet
  • El Pollo Loco.

Neale & Fhima lemon law attorneys are proud to represent the people of Costa Mesa in their lemon law claims.

Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective vehicle, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at the cost of the manufacturer. At Neale & Fhima, we fight the big auto manufacturers to enforce the Lemon Law rights of people living in Costa Mesa and surrounding communities in Orange County.

How Lemon Law Attorneys Can Help Costa Mesa Citizens

The California lemon law stipulates that the auto manufacturer must repair your car, SUV or truck if it still has the original manufacturers’ warranty. The dealer or manufacturer must engage in reasonable attempts to repair your automobile. If the problem cannot be remedied within a reasonable number of attempts, state law mandates that the vehicle shall be repurchased or replaced. The California Lemon Law applies to all types of motor vehicles still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. It does not apply to extended warranty contracts or service contracts.

To prevail in a California Lemon Law claim, you will have to show that you made ‘reasonable attempts’ to repair the problem. State law does not define this with precision, but there are guidelines that suggest when you have a lemon vehicle. The California Lemon Law says you may have an eligible vehicle if it is 18 months old or under 18,000 miles in the following circumstances:

  • The automobile had a minimum of two repairs attempted for a defect that could lead to death or serious injury if it is driven. Defects also must impair the value of the auto’s use, value or safety.
  • You brought the vehicle to the dealership at least four times to remedy the same defect.
  • The automobile has been at the Costa Mesa dealership for repairs on the same defect for at least 30 days since you acquired it.

If your vehicle falls into any of those guidelines and is 18 months old or less and has under 18,000 miles, you should talk to a California Lemon Law attorney. Of course, the auto manufacturer can reject your claim.

Making a California Lemon Law Claim

The first step is to determine that your original warranty is still in effect; remember, service contracts and extended warranties do not count. Then, check your paperwork to determine if you have made at least two attempts to repair the same problem that could cause death or serious injury. If so, talk to a Lemon Law attorney today to help you file the claim.

Under the state law, your vehicle may be replaced or repurchased if it is a lemon. To settle the case as quickly as possible, it is recommended that you have the vehicle simply repurchased or replaced. But if you have a strong case, you could qualify for a higher cash settlement with the help of a Lemon Law attorney.

Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys Serving Costa Mesa and Surrounding Areas

If you have a vehicle under warranty with major repair problems in Costa Mesa or surrounding areas, you could have a valid lemon law claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Neale & Fhima is experienced in lemon law claims and has successfully served southern California customers for years. If you require legal advice about a possible lemon vehicle, please call 949-661-1007 for a complimentary consultation.