For unparalleled beauty, mild climate and sublime surfing, it is difficult to top Huntington Beach, California. This gem of a community in Orange County has long been renowned for its 8.5 miles of pristine beaches, having earned the name of Surf City. People who enjoy surf, sand and sophistication often choose to visit and live in lovely Huntington Beach.
This seaside town is synonymous with the California lifestyle. In fact, Dean Torrence, of the music group Jan and Dean, said once that Huntington Beach was the inspiration for the group’s big hit ‘Surf City.’ The beach town also was mentioned by the Beach Boys in their hits ‘Surfin’ Safari’ and ‘Surfer Joe.’
The attorneys at Neale & Fhima are pleased to represent the citizens of Huntington Beach in their lemon law cases.
How Our Lemon Law Attorneys Assist Huntington Beach Residents
California’s lemon law requires the vehicle manufacturer and/or dealership to repair your vehicle if it is still under the original manufacturers’ warranty. The dealer is required to make ‘reasonable attempts’ to repair the vehicle. If it cannot be repaired, the California lemon law requires that it be replaced or repurchased. The lemon law, officially called the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, applies to trucks, cars, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles under the manufacturer’s original warranty.
The key to a California lemon law claim is the definition of ‘reasonable attempt.’ There is no precise definition under state law. But the regulation lays out guidelines that can determine when the vehicle is a lemon. The law states you could be eligible for a lemon law claim within the first 18,000 miles or 18 months in these cases:
- The vehicle has had at least two repairs for a problem that could cause serious injury or death if it were driven.
- You took the vehicle to the dealership a minimum of four times to repair the defect.
- The vehicle has been at the Huntington Beach dealership for repairs for at least 30 days since you bought or leased it.
If the above standards have been met, you may be entitled to have your vehicle replaced or repaired. However, the manufacturer or dealership may rebut your claim.
How to Make a Lemon Law Claim
First, you must determine whether your original auto manufacturer warranty is in effect. Then you should evaluate whether you have made a sufficient number of attempts to repair it. Neale & Fhima is experienced with lemon law claims and can help.
Next, you will file the claim. This is a complex paperwork process that a lemon law attorney can do for you. The process generally starts by your attorney sending a demand letter to the auto manufacturer.
Note: The statute of limitations for lemon law claims in California is four years. But you are advised to make your claim as soon as you have made several attempts to repair the same problem.
The auto may be repurchased or replaced if it is determined to be a lemon. But an attorney may assist you with negotiating a fair cash settlement. Once you have tried to have the car repaired several times, it is a good idea to retain a lemon law attorney. The state law requires the manufacturer to pay for your attorney fees, so you really have nothing to lose by filing a lemon law claim.
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys Serving Huntington Beach
If you have a vehicle under warranty with major repair problems in Huntington Beach or surrounding areas, you may have a lemon law claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Neale & Fhima is an experienced lemon law firm that has served southern California customers for years. If you require legal advice about a possible lemon vehicle, please call 949-661-1007 for a no-charge consultation.