Why Should I File a Lemon Law Claim?

No one enjoys being involved in a legal dispute. But when it comes to persuading a multibillion-dollar car company to do the right thing, the threat of a lawsuit may be what it takes. Fortunately, Neale & Fhima’s lemon law clients rarely step foot inside a courthouse. In fact, if you prefer, we may be able to consult with you entirely by telephone and email.

Here are some additional reasons why Bay Area residents with a valid lemon law claim should assert their rights:

Driving a lemon vehicle is dangerous.

Today’s automobiles are loaded with high-tech safety features. Like any new technology, these systems can experience problems, putting the safety of drivers and their passengers at risk. Even basic automotive functions like steering and braking can cause serious accidents when they do not work properly. Do not get stuck driving a vehicle with a dangerous defect. File a lemon law claim and insist that the manufacturer buy back the vehicle or provide you with a new one.

Your time is valuable.

With so many fun things to do in San Francisco, the waiting area of a dealership’s repair department is no place to spend your free time. California’s lemon law gives dealerships a “reasonable” number of chances to perform warranty repair work correctly. If they take too long, it is time to contact Neale & Fhima and begin the lemon law claims process.

Filing a claim makes financial sense.

Purchasing a new vehicle is a significant financial investment. When that vehicle begins to have mechanical problems, it can bring on an extreme case of buyer’s remorse. There is no need to feel badly about acquiring a defective vehicle. The manufacturer is to blame – not you. Our lemon law attorneys can help you get your purchase money back.

You can hire Neale & Fhima to represent you for free.

Did you know that the lemon law in our state contains a fee-shifting provision? Of all the unique aspects of California’s lemon law, this provision has probably done more to benefit consumers than any other. Here is how it works. If you win your lemon law claim, we collect our legal fees directly from the car company. If your claim is unsuccessful, we waive our fees and you pay us nothing.

If you fail to act now, it may be too late.

Do not let the fact that California has a consumer-friendly lemon law give you a false sense of security. If you wait too long to act, you will forfeit your rights forever. The most crucial deadline is your factory warranty expiration date. Regardless of when you discovered the defect, you must take your vehicle to the dealership for repair before the warranty expires. Doing so (and obtaining a copy of the work order to prove it) will preserve your right to file a claim if the dealer is ultimately unable to make the repairs.

Lemon Law Lawyers in San Francisco

California’s lemon law has continued to evolve since it was first enacted nearly 50 years ago. The legislature amends the statute periodically, and the courts hand down opinions interpreting its meaning. What we have now is a complex set of rules that can present problems for even the most business-savvy vehicle owners in San Francisco. The good news is that Neale & Fhima recently opened an office in the heart of the city. To learn if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, contact our Sansome Street office at (415) 901-8128 or submit the form below.