Did you buy or lease a new or used car in Palm Desert, California, that is still under the original factory warranty? Then that problem you are having with your car that is affecting its usability, safety and/or value could be the basis for bringing a lemon law claim. Below are some of the most frequent questions we hear from Palm Desert residents about lemon law claims in California. If you still have questions beyond what is addressed here, you should contact a lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima for a complimentary lemon law case evaluation.

How long does the lemon law apply in California?

The lemon law applies as long as your vehicle is covered by the factory warranty that was sold with the car. In some cases where you might take your car in for repairs at the end of the factory warranty and the defect is still present, the warranty will continue to cover that part of the vehicle.

How often do I need to take the car back to be fixed before it is considered to be a lemon?

The dealership must have enough repair attempts to repair your vehicle. The law in California does not exactly state what the number is, but three or four attempts often are considered by many to be ‘reasonable.’ What is reasonable in your case depends upon the seriousness of the problem. Another factor that is considered is the number of miles that were driven between each repair attempt.

What actions should I take if I believe I have a lemon vehicle?

It should be taken back to the dealer for a professional evaluation as soon as you are able. Or, you can contact the manufacturer directly or hire an automotive expert to go over your vehicle to determine the seriousness of the problem. You also can contact Neale & Fhima today and we will provide our legal opinion about your possible lemon law case at no charge.

What damages can I receive under the California Lemon Law?

You may be entitled to a replacement or refund – your choice. You also may recover for your vehicle’s registration fees, costs for rental cars and towing charges.

If you continue to have problems with your lemon in Palm Desert, we recommend you speak to a lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima. If we believe you have a case and we win, you will not even need to pay any legal fees; the auto manufacturer is required to pay them. If we think that you do not have a strong case, we will tell you. Either way, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket for a lemon law claim in California.

Palm Desert – In the Heart of the Coachella Valley

Palm Desert is a city of 48,445 located in Riverside County, California. It is approximately 122 miles east of Los Angeles. It was one of the fastest-growing cities in California in the 1980s and 1990s. It is a major growth center in the Coachella Valley. Palm Desert remains very popular with snowbirds who come from colder climates in the winter to enjoy the warmer temperatures and sunshine.

The area of Palm Desert was first known as Old MacDonald Ranch, but it was changed to Palm Village in the 1920s; this was when date palms were first planted. The first residential homes build in Palm Desert were in the early 1940s related to an Army maintenance base in the region. That site later became El Paseo, which is an upscale shopping district that is similar to the well-known Rodeo Drive. In 1948, Palm Desert Corporation started to develop real estate in this region, and the area was given the name of Palm Desert in 1951.

If you have a potential lemon law claim in Palm Desert, we hope you will consider calling us at Neale & Fhima for a free case evaluation.