Moreno Valley, California, is a city of 193,000 located in Riverside County and is a part of the San Bernardino-Riverside Metropolitan Area. Moreno Valley is a fairly young city, with much of its growth occurring from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. The city has close ties to Riverside, California, which is the county seat.
One of the most obvious geographic features of Moreno Valley is Box Springs Mountain. It is at the northwest edge of town and looms over the community in impressive fashion.
Neale & Fhima lemon law attorneys are honored to work regularly with Moreno Valley residents on their lemon law claims.
How Lemon Law Lawyers Can Assist Moreno Valley Residents
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, also known as the California Lemon Law, mandates that the auto dealer or manufacturer will provide repairs to your vehicle if the original factory warranty is still in effect. The law states that the dealer and/or auto manufacturer must make several attempts to repair the problem with the vehicle. If the repair cannot be made after several attempts and within a certain length of time, the dealer is required to replace or repurchase the vehicle.
One of the major sticking points in a lemon law claim is the matter of ‘reasonable attempts.’ While there is not a specific requirement for number of repairs, state law does provide some guidelines. The law provides that your vehicle could be eligible for repurchase or replacement if, within the first 18k miles or 18 months:
- The car had a minimum of two repair attempts made on a problem that affects the safety and drivability of the vehicle and could cause serious injury or death if driven.
- You took the car to the dealership at least four times to fix the same problem.
- Your vehicle has been sitting at the Moreno Valley dealership for a minimum of 30 days since you acquired it; this does not need to be consecutively.
Making Your Lemon Law Claim
You first need to determine whether your original factory warranty is still in place. Next, review your paperwork to determine whether enough attempts have been made to fix the problem. To facilitate this process, make sure you are keeping all records of the repair attempts made on your vehicle. Keep your receipts and work orders, and also have the name of every service writer who assisted you.
The next step is to inform the manufacturer in writing that you wish to file a lemon law claim. You can do this yourself, but you will find better results if you hire a lemon law attorney to handle the process.
If you prevail, your vehicle must be rebought or replaced. Your attorney may help you to obtain an additional cash settlement, as well. Some people decide to handle their lemon law claim on their own, but remember that the auto manufacturer may rebut your claim. It is common for the company to argue that an insufficient number of repairs were attempted. Having an experienced lemon law attorney in your corner can help you to win your case.
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys for Moreno Valley Residents
When you buy or lease a new vehicle, you expect it to be in perfect working order, but sometimes a vehicle is not quite ‘right’ from the very beginning. The California lemon law is in place to protect Moreno Valley residents and other Californians from these poorly made vehicles. If you are having problems with a new vehicle, Neale & Fhima may be able to help you make a lemon law claim. Please contact our offices today for a complimentary consultation.