Westminster is a northern Orange County city that is largely known today for the number of Vietnamese refugees who came to the city in the 1980s, to the region known as Little Saigon. The city is landlocked and is bordered by Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, and Garden Grove.
Westminster has evolved over the years. The temperance colony was founded in 1870 by Lemuel P. Webber, after he purchased 6,000 acres of the Stearns Rancho.
Today, Westminster is a bustling and growing city that features attractions such as:
- Westminster Rose Center
- Coastline Community College
- Sid Goldstein Memorial Park.
The attorneys of Neale & Fhima are pleased to work with the residents of Westminster on their lemon law claims.
How Can Lemon Law Attorneys Assist Westminster Residents?
The California lemon law, also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, requires the auto manufacturer or dealer to repair your vehicle if it is still under the original factory warranty. The law requires the dealership or manufacturer to make several tries to repair your vehicle. If the warranty issue cannot be resolved after several tries, the dealer must repurchase or replace your car. This law is applicable to both leased and purchased vehicles under the original warranty.
Of course, not every lemon law claim will be successful. A big reason for this is it must be shown that enough ‘reasonable attempts’ were made to repair the problem. There is not a specific definition under California law, but general guidelines are available. The California lemon law notes that your car may be eligible for repurchase or replacement IF, within the initial 18,000 miles or 18 months you owned it . . .
- The vehicle had at least two attempts at repair for the same safety-related problem that could cause injury or death if it is used; or
- You have taken your vehicle into the dealership four or more times to remedy the same issue; or
- Your car has sat at the Westminster dealership for at least a month since you leased or bought it.
If any of the above factors are the case, you may have a legitimate lemon law claim.
How to Make Your Claim
The first step in a California lemon law claim is to ask this question: Is the original auto manufacturer warranty still in effect? Next, you should check your paperwork from the dealership to see if enough repair efforts have been made. Keep good records of all your interactions and repair appointments with the dealership. Keep on hand every receipt and work order. Know the names of the service writers who helped you. Your attorneys at Neale & Fhima can help with this process.
Next, you or your attorney should tell the manufacturer of your intent to file a lemon law claim. Your attorney can also assist here by writing and sending a demand letter on your behalf.
If you win, the vehicle will be repurchased or replaced. An attorney can assist with a cash settlement in some cases. While you can handle a lemon law claim alone, your odds of winning are higher with a good attorney in your corner. State law says that the manufacturer must cover your attorney fees if you win. So, most of the time, you have little to risk by using an attorney to file your lemon law claim.
Neale & Fhima Lemon Law Attorneys For the Residents of Westminster
If you have a vehicle under warranty with repair problems in Westminster, California, you could have a lemon law claim against the auto manufacturer. Neale & Fhima is an experienced lemon law firm that has years of experience serving the residents of Westminster and surrounding Orange County communities. If you require advice about a potential lemon claim, please call 949-661-1007 for a free consultation.