The Huntington Beach lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are pleased to work on behalf of people living and working in Huntington Beach who have lemon law claims. The laws protecting consumers against defective vehicles are strong in this California. If you live in Huntington Beach or a surrounding community, you have many legal options available to ensure you get your vehicle payments reimbursed or have your car bought back. If you think your car is a lemon, call Neale & Fhima at (949) 661-1007. The attorneys at Neale & Fhima will be pleased to represent the citizens of Huntington Beach in their lemon law cases.
Did you know that the California lemon law also applies to used cars? If you buy a used car that is still covered by the factory warranty or which is covered by a Certified Pre-Owned Warranty, you still are protected.
Under the California lemon law, you may be entitled to a having your car replaced or bough back, even if car’s defect is not safety related. For example, if the paint job on your car is poor, this affects resale, so you could get the car bought back under the lemon law, because the value of your car is substantially impaired.
Neale & Fhima Huntington Beach attorneys can assist you with a lemon law claim anywhere in the state. We have years of experience in lemon law cases, and we can help you receive an excellent settlement. Please contact Neale & Fhima at (949) 661-1007.
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 manufacturer’s warranty or a Certified Pre-Owned 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, boats, motorcycles and many other types of vehicle.
The key to a California lemon law claim is the definition of ‘reasonable attempts.’ 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 that 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. Such safety-related items include issues with brakes, steering, transmission, low power and even faulty windshield wipers.
- You took the vehicle to the dealership a minimum of four times to repair the defect.
- The vehicle has been at the auto manufacturer’s 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, even if you don’t meet the presumption above, you may still very well have a claim. This is why it is recommended that you have a strong lemon law attorney fighting for your rights.
How to Make a Lemon Law Claim
First, you must determine whether your vehicle was under warranty during its repairs. 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. It is extremely helpful for your Huntington Beach lemon law claim if you have saved all of your repair paperwork from your dealership. Do not rely on them to have everything you need to make your claim.
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.
About Huntington Beach
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.’
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Huntington Beach Lemon Law Lawyers
If you have a vehicle under warranty with 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, call us for a free consultation at (949) 661-1007.