At Neale & Fhima law firm, our Coachella lemon law attorneys can help you sort through the California Lemon Law and gather documents you will need to make a legal claim against the manufacturer and dealership that stuck you with a lemon.
For a free consultation to determine whether you have a claim in Coachella, California, please call us at (888) 559-4904. We’d be glad to talk. And, of course, you never pay us unless you win your case.
What Is a Lemon?
Lemons are clunker vehicles that don’t work like they’re supposed to. Lemon laws exist in all 50 states, entitling consumers to safe cars free of unknown faults and defects. Nationally, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 affords consumers federal protection against purchasing cars that are faulty and flawed and require repeated attempts to repair.
Coachella Lemon Law Lawyers Winning over $50 Million for Clients
The Coachella lemon law lawyers at Neale & Fhima fight for consumers who are unfortunate enough to have bought vehicles that are lemons. Attorneys Matt Neale and Aaron Fhima have more than 40 years of legal experience between them and have won thousands of clients more than $50 million in compensation. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, or if you need to assert your rights under California’s Lemon Law, contact us today for a free consultation.
How Does the Lemon Law Work?
Almost all new cars have warranties, and auto dealerships must honor the warranty provided to you by the manufacturer. California’s lemon law is even stricter. Not only must they honor the warranty, but they must do so fast. Delays and reluctance by a dealer to make repairs are unacceptable. If they cannot make the repairs in a reasonable number of attempts, you get a refund or replacement, and they get stuck with the lemon.
The lemon law in our state says that the auto manufacturer or dealership must repair your vehicle, IF the factory warranty is still in place. No, an extended warranty does not count – only the original factory warranty. Lots of factory warranties are for three years or 36,000 miles, but some warranties are longer. The state law of California says the car dealership must have a certain amount of time and tries to fix your car.
The dealership in typical cases must be given at least two chances to repair a serious problem that affects the value or safety of the vehicle. For example, if the engine freezes up or an axle breaks, this is a serious safety problem. But if you have a defective armrest, this is not going to be enough for a lemon law claim. Also, even though a large paint scratch or fender dent does not affect your car’s safety, it DOES affect its value, so this could also be the source of a lemon law claim.
Did You Buy a Lemon in Coachella?
If you believe you purchased a lemon in Coachella you should be prompt in making a claim because there are deadlines. A lemon law claim must be documented, negotiated, and resolved prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Be sure to keep all your repair receipts, the dates of your repair appointments, and any notes you may have taken documenting phone and in-person conversations with the dealership’s service department representatives. The better you can document your vehicle’s problems, the more likely that you can win a lemon law claim.
Tips from Our Coachella Lemon Law Attorney
If you are not getting any traction with the dealer on repairing the car, here’s what you should do next:
- Write a letter to the manufacturer demanding that they buy back the vehicle.
- If the manufacturer refuses to buy it back, ask if there is an arbitration program available.
- See whether the manufacturer has an arbitration program by checking with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair Hotline – 1-800-952-5210.
- If it is possible, go to the arbitration hearing personally. You can accept or reject the findings of the arbitration panel.
- If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, call a Lemon Law attorney in Coachella, California, to discuss your options.
If you need to speak with a lemon law attorney in Coachella Neale & Fhima will consult with you free of charge. Message us using the form below, or call (888) 559-4904.
The Proud History of Our Community
Neale & Fhima has years of experience in Coachella, California, and is proud of the history of the community it serves.
Coachella, a city in Riverside County, California, is the easternmost city in the region collectively known as the Coachella Valley or the Palm Springs area.
Known as the “City of Eternal Sunshine,” Coachella, California, is one of the state’s fastest growing cities, and you know what that means — car sales and traffic are on the rise!
When it first incorporated back in 1946, it had 1,000 residents. That population had leaped to 40,704 as of the 2010 census. If you are a new resident or even a long-time resident of Coachella, buying a car is both an exciting and sometimes anxiety-producing experience. Hopefully, the car you choose will be great. But if for any reason you end up with a lemon, it is important to know your rights under the California Lemon Law.
The region is perhaps best known for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, and attended by Hollywood stars, producers and multi-platinum bands and musicians. Music lovers say the event, located in the Inland Empire‘s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, is worth several hours’ drive even if parking can be a headache. So, make sure your vehicle is in good working order and your tank is full before heading off into the desert for a weekend of fun.
When to Call a Coachella Lemon Law Attorney
If you do have car trouble – and especially if you’ve had repeated trouble with a relatively new car – it may be time to investigate California’s Lemon Law. Neale & Fhima is a successful Southern California lemon law firm highly experienced in serving residents of Coachella. If you require advice about a potential lemon car, SUV or truck, please contact us for a complimentary consultation at (888) 559-4904.