Orange, California, has nearly 140,000 residents who enjoy an almost perfect climate, where the city’s public parks and lakes provide ample options for outdoor fun. Orange is also a unique community because it has made an effort to preserve structures that were built after the city was incorporated in 1888.
Unlike many neighboring communities, “The Plaza” has maintained many buildings that have now existed for well over 100 years. These preservations afford both residents and visitors the chance to see what the region looked like in a distant era.
This enclave in southern California is the perfect place to visit or call home. The experienced attorneys at Neale & Fhima are proud to represent the residents of Orange in their lemon law claims.
How Lemon Law Attorneys Can Help Orange Residents
The lemon law in California –the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act – requires the car manufacturer or dealership to fix the vehicle if it is under the manufacturer’s warranty. The dealer must make several reasonable attempts to fix the car. If the problem cannot be remedied after a certain number of tries, the lemon law requires the dealer to replace or repurchase the vehicle. This law applies to purchased and leased cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that are still under the manufacturer’s original warranty.
Making a successful lemon law claim hinges upon what a ‘reasonable attempt’ is. There is no exact definition in the state law, but it does present general guidelines that suggest when a vehicle is indeed a lemon. The lemon law states you may have a lemon if, in the first 18,000 miles or 18 months of ownership, the following applies:
- The car has had a minimum of two repairs for the same problem that could lead to serious injury or death if it is driven.
- You have taken the car to the dealer at least four times to repair the same problem.
- The car has been at the dealer for a minimum of 30 days since you acquired it.
If any of these apply, you could have a valid lemon law claim.
Making a California Lemon Law Claim
You need to find out whether the original car manufacturer warranty is still in effect. Next, determine whether you made enough repair attempts on the vehicle. It is very important for you to have excellent records of the repair attempts that have been made. You should have copies of all work orders and receipts, as well as the names of the service techs who have handled the case. Your attorneys at Neale & Fhima can assist you.
Then, inform the auto manufacturer that you are filing a lemon law claim. This is a complex process that your attorney is best equipped to handle.
The vehicle will be replaced or repurchased if you win the case. Your attorney also may help you negotiate a cash settlement. Your chances of winning a California lemon law claim are higher with an attorney. The state requires the auto manufacturer to cover your legal fees, thus most consumers have little to lose by filing a claim with a lemon law attorney. Neale & Fhima can help you get a replacement or refund, or you pay nothing.
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys Serving Orange, CA
If you have a vehicle under warranty with serious repair problems in Orange, California, you could have a valid lemon law claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Neale & Fhima is an experienced lemon law firm that has served residents across the state for years. If you require legal advice about a possible lemon car, truck or SUV, please call 949-661-1007 for a no-charge consultation.