Anaheim Lemon Law Attorneys
Our Anaheim lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are experienced in assisting clients with winning lemon law claims in California. Our Anaheim lemon law legal team has obtained favorable settlements and fought back against many of the major auto manufacturers so our clients could get the lemon law buy-back or refund they deserved.
The lemon law in California provides consumers with vital protections, but they are worth little unless you know the law and get an experienced Anaheim lemon law attorney working for you. If you think you have a lemon law case, call Neale & Fhima today at (949) 661-1007.
What Is the California Lemon Law All About?
The California Lemon Law’s official name is the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Under this powerful law, consumers and small businesses who buy a defective new or used vehicle under the original factory warranty may receive a refund or almost all of their money back. Or, they can have the car replaced at the manufacturer’s cost.
So, what should you do if your new or used vehicle has a recurring, serious problem? Suppose you have driven to your Anaheim dealership three or four times and it is obvious the problem is not being addressed. What can you do?
The Power of the California Lemon Law
Under the law, defects that have a substantial negative effect on the value, use or safety of your vehicle must be fixed within what the law calls ‘a reasonable number of attempts.’ If the manufacturer cannot do this, it is required to offer a lemon law buy-back. This may consist of a full refund of what you paid for the car or a complete replacement of the vehicle.
Note that the value of the lemon, as far as replacing or repurchasing it, will be subject to how much you used it. The amount that is taken from the value is determined by dividing the reading on the odometer by 120,000, then multiplying by the purchase price. So, if your vehicle cost $30,000 when you got it, and you brought it in for fixes at 12,000 miles, to make up for the depreciation by the 12k miles, the amount you would get under the law would be reduced by $3,000.
Vehicles and Defects Covered Under the California Lemon Law
You need to know that not every defective vehicle will qualify for relief under the California lemon law. Generally, the law applies to newer vehicles that your dealership cannot fix. But the lemon law is very detailed about which vehicles qualify for relief and which do not.
To be a covered vehicle, it must:
- Have a manufacturer’s warranty that is in effect when the first repair is attempted. A manufacturer’s warranty is transferable, so a used car with a warranty in effect could still be covered.
- Be a truck, van car or SUV that weighs under 10,000 pounds.
- Have been bought or leased through a retail outlet in California. Third-party purchases generally do not qualify for lemon law protection.
Covered defects must:
- Have coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty. This is often called a factory warranty. They are part of the purchase price. Extended service agreements at extra cost are different and do not count.
- Have a serious impact on the use, value or safety of the car.
- Be unresolved after several repair attempts at the dealership. This can vary, but it has been established that one attempt is insufficient to quality for lemon law coverage. The dealership generally needs to have two to four attempts to repair most defects.
If you think you have a lemon vehicle in Anaheim, remember to call Neale & Fhima for a free consultation at (949) 661-1007.
Anaheim – Thriving in Times of Change
Anaheim is not the only community in Orange County to have reinvented itself over the years. But the fact that Anaheim accomplished it so many times, and that each time was a success, says a lot about the ingenuity of its business leaders. Cattle ranches, vineyards, packing houses, amusement parks – each new industry that springs up in Anaheim seems to bring prosperity on a level that did not exist before. Now the economy is changing again. As we move further into the digital age of the 21st century, how will Anaheim adapt, and who will lead the effort?
Neale & Fhima helps vehicle owners file lemon law claims in California. Keep reading to learn more about how Anaheim has changed through the years, and if you need assistance with a lemon vehicle, give us a call.
German Immigrants Build their “Home by the River”
The 1850s was a time of mass migration. Hundreds of thousands of people arrived in California during this period. Many came from the eastern U.S., hoping to strike it rich in the gold fields near San Francisco. Others, like those who would eventually found Anaheim, came from Europe in order to escape violent uprisings breaking out across the continent.
Inflated property values made settling in San Francisco difficult, though, so aspiring land developers looked southward. In 1857, a man named George Hansen and 49 other German immigrants pooled their resources and purchased a large tract of land south of Los Angeles. For $2,330, the group acquired 1,165 acres of cattle grazing land, including the rights to plenty of water from the Santa Ana River. These water rights were crucial. The settlers did not plan to graze cattle on the open range – they planned to make wine.
When it came time to choose a name for their grape-growing community, the group combined part of their new life with part of their old one. “Ana” refers to the Santa Ana River, without which their enormous vineyard would not be possible. “Heim” is a German word meaning home. Anaheim, or “home by the river,” would soon be producing more grapes than any other region of California.
Family-Friendly Tourism Transforms the City
Even the famed citrus groves of Anaheim would eventually give way to a new industry. In the early 1950s, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney paved 160 acres of farmland and built his iconic Disneyland amusement park. The venture was an immediate success. As of 2015, more than 18 million guests visit Disneyland each year and the park employs 20,000 residents. Only time will tell if tourism continues to dominate the Anaheim economy, or if it too becomes merely another chapter in the city’s history.
Talk to an Anaheim Lemon Law Attorney Today
If you bought a car, truck or SUV new or used under the original factory warranty and have serious warranty issues, an Anaheim lemon law lawyers such as Neale & Fhima can help you to get the compensation that you deserve for your trouble. It is worth working with an attorney on a California Lemon Law claim so you can get as much compensation under the law as possible. Call us now at (949) 661-1007 for a free consultation.