California’s Lemon Law is generally viewed as one of the more favorable lemon laws in the country, but that does not mean that it is easy to protect your rights. At Neale & Fhima, we have extensive experience representing clients as San Bernardino Lemon Lawyers and throughout California in pursuing repurchases and other remedies.
Purchasing or leasing a lemon can be a major headache, and it can be potentially dangerous as well. From constant return visits to the dealership to the risk of a defect causing a serious accident or injury, you want the saga to be over, and you want it to be over now.
Unfortunately, dealerships and manufacturers rarely respect customers’ rights under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act – better known as California’s Lemon Law – without putting up a fight. As a result, if you are thinking about pursuing a Lemon Law claim in San Bernardino, you need experienced representation on your side.
Learn about Your Rights Under California’s Lemon Law
At Neale & Fhima, we devote a significant portion of our practice to representing California residents in claims under California’s Lemon Law. Successfully pursuing a Lemon Law claim in San Bernardino requires not only a thorough understanding of the law, but the litigation skills and financial resources necessary to take on the defense lawyers who represent the major automotive manufacturers. Our record shows that we have what it takes to win. When you speak with us, you will see that we are 100 percent committed to protecting your rights under the law.
We understand that pursuing a Lemon Law claim can be overwhelming; if you are like most people, you probably don’t quite know where to begin. To help you, we have published a number of resources on protecting your rights under California’s Lemon Law:
- Do You Have a Lemon? – Find out whether your vehicle qualifies as a “lemon” under California’s Lemon Law.
- The Lemon Law Claims Process – Learn what you can expect if you decide to file a California Lemon Law claim.
- What Makes California’s Lemon Law Unique? – Learn more about the unique protections afforded to consumers under California’s Lemon Law.
- What to Do if You Have a Lemon – Find out what you should do next if you believe that you may have purchased or leased a lemon in San Bernardino, CA.
- Lemon Law FAQs – Get answers to a number of frequently asked questions about protecting your rights under California’s Lemon Law.
San Bernardino Used Car Lemon Law Lawyer
New cars offer comprehensive warranties, and this is reflected in the purchase price. But if you’ve decided that a used car is the better way to go, then you could have a warranty, too, albeit a very different kind of warranty.
Warranties are important in California Lemon Law and are the deal breaker if you have purchased a lemon, whether new or used. If you bought a used car “as is,” then the lemon law cannot protect you from a defective car.
To establish a lemon law claim in San Bernardino, CA, your used car must have at least one of three qualifying vehicle warranties. If you are unsure about used car warranties, an experienced San Bernardino used car lemon law attorney can help explain the following:
Transferred New Car Warranty
All new cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty. When the title of this car changes hands (through a sale) during the warranty period, any remaining warranty coverage transfers to the new buyer.
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
Authorized dealerships are the only entities that can sell CPO vehicles, so don’t be fooled by private sellers or car lots that say a used vehicle is “certified pre-owned.” CPO means that the manufacturer has refurbished and resold a used vehicle after inspecting every inch of it. Therefore, these vehicles come with a CPO warranty. While these warranties are not as all-inclusive as new car warranties, they do provide valuable protection.
Lemon Law Buyback Warranty
Vehicles labeled “lemons” are sometimes bought back by manufacturers and repaired. These vehicles can then be resold. However, the law requires that these vehicles must be accompanied by a “lemon law buyback warranty,” which provides 12-month/12,000-mile warranty coverage of the prior defect.
If your used car turns out to be a lemon and you have one of these warranties, let our San Bernardino used car lemon law attorneys help you file a complaint and receive compensation. Just call us at (949) 661-1007 for a free initial evaluation of your case.
More To Know from a San Bernardino Used Car Lemon Law Lawyer
There is still more to be aware of with used cars and the state lemon law that a San Bernardino lemon law lawyer is best equipped to handle. If you buy a used car ‘as is,’ the dealership will probably tell you that you have no rights under the lemon law. This is not true.
An ‘as is’ sale does not allow the dealership to avoid legal liability if fraud was involved. It is common for dealerships to sell a car ‘as is’ without properly informing the consumer. If the dealer lied to you about the car’s condition and you think you have proof, you could be protected by the law.
The used, ‘as is’ vehicle must be clearly labeled as such, with a sign on the vehicle stating the car is ‘as is’ and has no warranty. This labeling requirement is enforced aggressively in California. If the dealer does not follow the law, you may be able to have the used car declared a lemon, ‘as is’ or not.
About San Bernardino, California
The thriving city of San Bernardino, California, is a community that is rich in both history and cultural diversity. San Bernardino has been influenced by Native Americans, Mexican immigrants, Spanish missionaries and Mormon emigrants, and their impact can still be seen to this day. From the moment in 1810 when missionary Father Dumetz named the area San Bernardino, to today as a city of 213,000, this lovely community has long been recognized for its beauty and convenient location.
San Bernardino currently is the 17th largest city in the state and the 100th largest in the country. Some of the major attractions of this metropolis are:
- California State University, San Bernardino
- ASU Fox Theater
- McDonald’s Museum (on the site of the world’s first McDonald’s restaurant)
- California Theatre
- San Bernardino mountains.
The California Lemon Law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are pleased to represent the citizens of San Bernardino in Lemon Law and other types of product liability claims.
Why Do Clients Choose Neale & Fhima, LLP in San Bernardino, CA?
In California Lemon Law claims, your choice of legal representation matters. So, why should you choose Neale & Fhima?
We Know the Law.
Pursuing a successful Lemon Law claim requires thorough knowledge of the law and an intimate understanding of the unique processes and procedures involved. At Neale & Fhima, we have decades of experience, and we consistently get results for our clients.
We Care about Our Clients.
At Neale & Fhima, we will not reduce you and your claim to a case file. We work closely with our clients, getting to know them personally and learning the minute details of their cases so that we can pursue the best possible results.
We Are Experienced in California Lemon Law Claims.
Attorneys Matt Neale and Aaron Fhima have successfully represented individuals and businesses in California Lemon Law claims against many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. While most of our clients’ cases settle, Matt and Aaron will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary.
We Use the Law to Your Advantage.
Under California’s Lemon Law, manufacturers are required to pay successful claimants’ legal fees. At Neale & Fhima, we use the law to your advantage so that pursuing your claim comes at no financial cost to you.
We Help You Make Informed Decisions.
From choosing a lawyer to deciding whether to accept a settlement or take your case to trial, it is important that you make informed decisions at each stage of your California Lemon Law claim. We offer free consultations so that you can get to know us before hiring one of our attorneys to file your claim, and we pledge to always advise you with your best interests in mind.
Get Started with a Free California Lemon Law Consultation Today
If you would like to speak with an attorney about protecting your rights under California’s Lemon Law, contact Neal & Fhima for a free, no-obligation consultation with a lemon law lawyer in San Bernardino. With three offices located throughout Southern California, we regularly represent clients in San Bernardino, CA. To speak with one of our attorneys in person or over the phone, call 877-308-2128 or tell us about your claim online today.
Lemon Law Client Review
“Aaron was very helpful and compassionate in taking the time to explain everything to me simply and thoroughly. He always kept me updated on the case and got it cleared up quickly. made the whole experience a positive one and was able to get the car bought back as a lemon.”