Temecula is a city of 100,097 in Riverside County, California. This picturesque city is a major tourist destination, with such attractions as the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, the Temecula Valley Polo Club, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival and the Temecula Valley International Film Festival.
Wine country in the area is an especially bustling attraction. Today there are approximately 40 wineries in this area, with 3,500 acres producing grapes for some of the best wines in the world. Wine country is a few miles east of Old Town Temecula, where there are many tasting rooms.
Old Town has a remarkable collection of buildings that date from the 1890s, including antique stores, museums, hotels, specialty food outlets, restaurants, gift stores and antique dealers.
The lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are honored to work with Temecula residents on their lemon law claims.
How Lemon Law Lawyers Can Help Temecula Residents
Is your new vehicle spending more time in the dealer shop for repairs than on the road? You could have a lemon vehicle. Fortunately, the lemon law in California exists to protect you from an unreliable new vehicle that is still under the original factory warranty.
For the most part, the California lemon law covers newly bought or leased vehicles with serious malfunctions and defects within a certain mileage or amount of time. If your car, truck or SUV cannot be repaired after a certain number of repair attempts, you are entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund, minus deductions for mileage.
What Is a Lemon in California?
In this state, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act deems you have a lemon, if, in the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of the vehicle delivery to you:
- Two or more attempts were made to fix a serious problem under warranty that could cause death or serious injury.
- The manufacturer tried to repair the same problem under warranty at least four times.
- The car has been in the shop for at least 30 days since you owned it.
- Any problems with the car are not due to abuse by the owner.
If your car is deemed to be a lemon, the manufacturer must either replace or repurchase the vehicle. If the manufacturer refuses to do so or delays, you can request arbitration or hire a lemon law attorney.
Necessary Steps If You Have a Lemon
If the dealer has not fixed the vehicle, follow these steps with the manufacturer:
- Write to the manufacturer and request they buy back the car. You should send the letter by certified mail with a return receipt.
- If the manufacturer will not buy back the vehicle, you can either hire a lemon law attorney or ask if the auto manufacturer has an arbitration program.
- If you go to arbitration, try to attend the hearing. You have the choice of accepting or rejecting the findings of the panel. If you reject or the panel does not vote your way, it is not over. You can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys for Temecula, California
When you buy or lease a new vehicle, you expect it be reliable, but sometimes a vehicle has serious safety defects that can endanger you and your family. The California lemon law is in place to protect Temecula and other California residents from these unreliable vehicles. If you are having problems with a newly purchased or leased vehicle, Neale & Fhima may be able to help you to make a lemon law claim. Please contact our offices today for a complimentary consultation.