Representing Mission Viejo Residents in Lemon Law Claims

The lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are proud to represent clients in Mission Viejo who want to file lemon law claims. California’s lemon law is one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation. If you’ve purchased a defective vehicle and want compensation from the manufacturer, we will help you in every step of the process.

It’s important for consumers in California to understand that the lemon law is much more far-reaching than popularly believed. For example, most consumers understand that the law applies to new vehicles under warranty, but it can also be applied to used vehicles and cover vehicles after their warranties are no longer in place, provided that a consumer attempted repair while the vehicle was still under warranty.

Lemon laws also provide a path toward repayment or replacement even if the defect wasn’t safety-related. If a defect impaired the value or use of a vehicle, consumers may still be reimbursed.

Our attorneys serving Mission Viejo also offer legal representation to clients across the state. We use our skill and experience to make sure our clients are treated fairly. Without a lawyer’s assistance, the process of filing a claim and dealing with a resistant manufacturer can seem overwhelming.

Overview of California Lemon Law

California’s lemon law is intended to protect consumers who discover a serious repair problem with their purchased or leased vehicle that is still under warranty. Key features of the law include:

  • The lemon law applies to any problem under warranty that affects the use, value or safety of the vehicle, even if you purchased the car used, the law applies as long as the warranty is in effect.
  • If the auto manufacturer cannot repair the problem, it is required to replace the vehicle with a new one like it or refund your money. The choice is yours. However, the manufacturer will charge you for mileage put on the vehicle.
  • Auto manufacturers have a ‘reasonable’ number of attempts to repair the vehicle before it is called a lemon. This is normally defined as four tries to fix the same problem. But in the case of a serious, safety-related problem, such as poor brakes, they have only two attempts. And, if the car has been in the shop at least 30 days and has not been fixed, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement.
  • The auto manufacturer or dealer will probably fight a lemon law claim. The dealer could argue that the repair problem was caused by your abusing the vehicle. Or, the dealer may say the problem is not covered by the original factory warranty. Another common tactic is to argue that they did not have enough chances to fix the car.

The lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are pleased to help the residents of Mission Viejo with their legal needs in this area of California law.

Don’t Believe These Lemon Law Myths

You might have heard that the lemon law applies only to new vehicles or that you can only get a recovery if a defect is found within 18 months or 18,000 miles. This is not true. The lemon law is much more flexible than most Californians believe. It applies to used and leased vehicles, and so long as some of the repair attempts were made during the warranty period.

The most important element of a lemon law claim is the existence of a warranty, so even if a vehicle isn’t new, you might still be able to use the lemon law for a replacement or a refund. We encourage you to reach out to Neale & Fhima for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Why Do People Choose Neale & Fhima?

We evaluate your case at no cost. We offer free consultations to help give you a clearer picture of your case’s chances of success and what to expect from the process of a lemon law claim.

We seek maximum recovery in your case. We won’t settle for the bare minimum. We make sure you get the recovery you deserve.

We have a track record of success. Our attorneys have combined experience of more than four decades in the legal field. Neale & Fhima continue to maintain a 99 percent success rate, securing over $50 million in compensation for their clients.

You’ll work with a lawyer, not a paralegal. Your attorney will handle most of your claim. We don’t farm out your case to a paralegal or legal assistant.

We make it a priority to be accessible to our clients. We like to get to know our clients, and we always make ourselves available to answer any questions or address concerns you might have. If you can’t make it to our offices, we can even work with you over the phone to handle your claim.

If we don’t win your case, you pay nothing. We carry all legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. We know how important a recovery is for you, and we believe in our ability to deliver results, which is why we offer no-fee legal representation.

Good Stewardship on Display in Mission Viejo

Ask a few dozen people from Mission Viejo to name their favorite city park and you may not hear the same answer twice. That is because this small suburb in Orange County has nearly 50 city parks to choose from. Among these is M. M. O’Neill Park, named after the matriarch of an early ranching family, who famously said:

Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.”

-Marguerite M. O’Neill (1879 – 1981)

The city’s developers certainly took this advice to heart when they built Mission Viejo in the 1960s. They took extraordinary measures to preserve and enhance the area’s natural beauty – not because it always made financial sense, but because it was the right thing to do.

Here are some examples of how residents and city planners in Mission Viejo care for their community:

Reducing Vehicle Traffic

Based on DMV registration records, there are more than 34 million vehicles on the streets of California. That is nearly one vehicle for every man, woman, and child in the state. Early in its history, Mission Viejo made it a priority to avoid the congestion and pollution that come with excessive personal vehicle use. It achieved this goal by:

  • Evenly distributing schools, parks, and other amenities so they are within walking distance of every home in the city
  • Constructing a network of pedestrian and bike paths, including a three-mile loop around Lake Mission Viejo
  • Offering local shuttle buses (powered by natural gas) at no cost to city residents.

Encouraging Lifelong Residency

Given the relative affluence of southern Orange County, Mission Viejo’s developers could have maximized their return on investment by constructing only high-end homes. Instead, they built homes across the price spectrum, in order to attract families with modest incomes as well. This allows young families to settle here and then upgrade to a more expensive home when they are financially able – without ever having to leave the city.

Creating Outdoor Recreational Opportunities

California dominates the list of sunniest U.S. cities. In fact, we are the only state with two major population centers (Sacramento and Los Angeles) that enjoy sunshine more than 70 percent of the time. Mission Viejo takes full advantage of Mother Nature’s gift by offering a variety of outdoor activities, including “geocaching,” a local scavenger hunt game for today’s tech-savvy youth.

Planting Trees

The area of Saddleback Valley where Mission Viejo is located was once entirely devoid of trees (by some accounts, there were exactly 11 trees growing here prior to development). The tree count is now approximately one million. Varieties include:

  • Sycamore
  • Ash
  • Honey Locust
  • Ficus
  • Pine
  • Olive
  • Sweetgum
  • Cypress
  • Juniper
  • Crepe Myrtle.

The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Mission Viejo a “Tree City USA” award recipient five times. This year, in celebration of Earth Day 2017, residents gathered to plant trees and shrubs, pick up litter, and enjoy free hotdogs and ice cream.

Solving the City’s Unique Water Usage Problem

Lake Mission Viejo is a large recreational reservoir popular for swimming, boating, fishing, and more. The lake was constructed in the 1970s and includes a drainage diversion system that was state-of-the-art at that time. The system directs urban runoff around the lake to prevent contamination. However, recent drought conditions have made maintaining the lake with drinking water less tenable.

As reported by local media, the city decided to launch an ambitious and innovative program to address the problem. It will now use reclaimed, highly-treated wastewater to fill the lake. Millions of gallons of drinking water will be preserved for household use. Meanwhile, the program’s strict environmental standards will ensure recreational visitors can enjoy the lake in the same ways they always have.

Contact a California Lemon Law Attorney Today

As successful lemon law attorneys, we believe auto manufacturers should do the right thing when a new car turns out to be defective. Unfortunately, manufacturers sometimes put their own interests first. If this has been your experience, please contact us for advice on filing a lemon law claim in California.

A Lemon Law Review from Our Client

“Neale and Fhima handled my case with extreme professionalism and compassion. They were always available to answers questions and provide updates. I highly recommend Neale and Fhima for any lemon law needs.

Naid Gomez
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