When residents of Santa Ana need help filing a lemon law claim, Neale & Fhima are happy to help them in every step of the process, from preparing a claim to repayment or replacement. An experienced lemon law attorney knows what is required for a successful claim and can make a daunting experience more manageable. Get more information today about making a lemon law claim at (888) 708-7013.
Vehicle manufacturers receive countless numbers of complaints and claims, and they are well-equipped to take advantage of consumers who lack experience in lemon law-related disputes. Manufacturers have the funding, legal teams and institutional advantages they leverage over consumers to minimize the payments they offer in resolving a claim. This is why hiring a lemon law attorney helps level the playing field; by hiring an attorney familiar with these claims, a car buyer can be sure they are represented by someone who has a track record of standing up to manufacturers and getting results for clients.
California’s lemon law is noted for being one of the strongest in the United States. It applies to new and used vehicles. It also applies to defects that impair the safety, functionality or value of a vehicle. Even if a vehicle’s warranty has run its course, the owner might still find success with a claim if repair attempts were made while the vehicle was still under warranty.
The lemon law, known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, gives you the right to a refund or replacement car if you have a lemon. But note that these remedies are not available to you for most types of mechanical problems. The manufacturer and dealership are allowed a ‘reasonable’ number of repair attempts before you can file a lemon law claim.
But determining what ‘reasonable’ is can be quite tricky. It depends upon the type of defect and whether the problem poses a serious risk to safety or vehicle value. It also will depend upon how long you have owned the car. Below are general rules of thumb, but you should review your situation with a Santa Ana lemon law attorney. He will be able to tell you if you have a possible lemon on your hands.
If your vehicle still has the factory warranty in effect and you have owned it for less than 18 months or 18,000 miles:
The California Lemon Law states that dealerships and manufacturers must buy back or replace your vehicle if it cannot repair a problem that has a substantial effect on use, value or safety of the vehicle. What does this mean?
For a defect to have an effect on vehicle safety, it must be something that a reasonable person would surmise is unsafe. A reasonable person also would have to think that the use or value of the car is affected by the defect. Thus, some defects, such as squeaks and rattles, annoying as they may be, do not qualify for lemon law coverage. But some of the defects that can affect use, value or safety include:
If you think you have a lemon in California, talk to one of our Santa Ana lemon law attorneys today.
Santa Ana is a large, ethnically diverse city located in the heart of Orange County. It serves as county seat and covers an area of 27 square miles. With more than 330,000 people, it is the fourth most densely populated major U.S. city. Santa Ana also comes in fourth place on a recent Forbes list of America’s safest cities. The downtown area just underwent a massive revitalization, and the city is now seeing an influx of young professionals and other new residents.
With so much going for Santa Ana at present, it is easy to forget that the city also has a long and intriguing past. Perhaps that is why many people here – including the newcomers – like to spend time reading and learning about the city’s history. We sure do. Below you will find what we consider to be some of the city’s most memorable events, going back nearly 500 years.
We hope you enjoy these glimpses into Santa Ana’s past; and if you find yourself in need of a local attorney with experience handling lemon law cases, we are here to help.
If you’d like to file a claim or if you would like to discuss whether your vehicle might be eligible for lemon law claim, we encourage you to contact Neale & Fhima to speak to our lemon law attorneys. We are proud to offer Santa Ana residents our skill and experience to get them maximum results. Contact us for advice on filing a lemon law claim in California today.
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