Experienced California Chrysler Lemon Law Lawyer

When purchasing a vehicle, consumers trust the manufacturer to deliver a safe, reliable, and defect-free product. Chrysler, a well-known and respected automobile manufacturer, has a long history of producing vehicles that have captured the hearts of countless drivers. However, despite their best efforts to design and produce quality vehicles, defects and issues can sometimes arise, leaving California consumers frustrated with owning a “lemon.”

At every step of the way, it’s important to remember that you have rights as a consumer. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act is in place to protect you from being stuck with a defective vehicle that can cause endless headaches and financial strain. By understanding your rights and how to exercise them, you can take the necessary steps to address your Chrysler vehicle’s persistent problems and work toward a resolution that restores your peace of mind and ensures you receive the compensation you deserve.

At Neale & Fhima, we have helped Chrysler customers whose vehicles have encountered various issues. When you contact us, you can be confident that we will advocate for your consumer rights and work to secure the compensation you are rightfully entitled to. Contact us at 888-407-2955 for a free consultation.

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Why Choose Neale & Fhima as Your Chrysler Lemon Law Lawyer?

When facing the frustrating experience of owning a defective Chrysler vehicle, having a skilled and experienced lemon law attorney is crucial. The complexities of lemon law cases demand expertise, experience, and a deep understanding of consumer rights. Neale & Fhima Chrysler lemon lawyers have the unique combination of legal prowess and a proven track record that sets us apart. Here are four key reasons to choose us.

1. Extensive Experience

We have handled and litigated well over 1,000 lemon law cases. With a robust background in handling lemon law cases, we have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to navigate the intricacies of consumer protection laws. Our extensive experience gives clients the confidence that their case is in the hands of an attorney with a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes.

2. Strong Advocacy for Consumer Rights

We are staunch advocates for consumer rights, and we are relentless in our pursuit of holding automakers accountable for producing defective vehicles. Our passion for ensuring consumers receive the compensation and remedies they deserve drives our legal practice.

3. Comprehensive Legal Representation

We provide comprehensive legal representation, handling all aspects of your Chrysler lemon law case. From gathering evidence, negotiating with manufacturers, and, if necessary, representing you in court, we ensure you have the best chance of securing a successful resolution to your lemon law dispute.

4. Client-Centered Approach

We understand the stress and frustration of owning a lemon vehicle, and we prioritize open communication and transparency throughout the legal process. We take the time to listen to our client’s concerns, providing them with personalized attention and tailored legal strategies.

California’s Lemon Law for Chryslers

If a vehicle shows one or multiple defects that meet the criteria specified in California’s lemon law, the owner may be eligible for a vehicle buyback or a replacement. The manufacturer and its dealer are responsible for addressing the vehicle’s defect(s) under the warranty. However, if they have made a reasonable number of unsuccessful repair attempts, the vehicle owner can initiate a lemon law claim. It’s important to note that you are not required to have unlimited repair attempts before your Chrysler qualifies as a lemon.

California’s lemon law applies to new vehicles that have been repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty. Even after the warranty has expired, consumers may still be covered by the lemon law if they reported the issues while the vehicle was under warranty. It’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to be the outright owner of the Chrysler to have a valid lemon law claim; you could be leasing the vehicle or may have even sold or traded it in.

The vehicle owner has the right to pursue a lemon law claim once the manufacturer has failed to rectify the issues after a reasonable number of repair attempts. The definition of a reasonable number of repairs can vary, with some cases requiring as few as two repair attempts. If the vehicle continues to be unreliable and unsafe for transportation after two or more repair attempts, it may be classified as a lemon.

What Does a “Reasonable Number” of Repair Attempts Mean?

The term “reasonable number” is essential in determining whether a Chrysler vehicle qualifies as a lemon under California law. It signifies the number of attempts made by the manufacturer or their authorized repair facility to fix a defect or non-conformity that impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety.

While the California lemon law does not specify a specific number of attempts that categorize a vehicle as a lemon, it does provide guidance. Typically, if a Chrysler vehicle continues to exhibit the same defect after two or more repair attempts or is out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days due to warranty-related repairs, it may be considered to have undergone an unreasonable number of repair attempts.

It is important to note that these criteria are not exhaustive, and each case may have unique circumstances that warrant evaluation. Factors such as the severity of the defect, the number of repair attempts, and the impact on the vehicle’s usability, safety and value are all considered in determining whether a “reasonable number” of repair attempts has been exceeded.

Additionally, if a defect is life-threatening or poses a risk of serious bodily harm, a single repair attempt may be sufficient to establish a breach of warranty.

If a Chrysler vehicle meets the criteria for having undergone an unreasonable number of repair attempts, the consumer may be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle under the California lemon law. It is advisable for consumers facing such circumstances to seek legal advice from a qualified Chrysler lemon law attorney.

Is Your Chrysler Defective?

The California lemon law provides extensive protection for consumers dealing with defective vehicles. A “lemon” is a vehicle inherently flawed and fails to function properly, even after at least two repair attempts. This law applies to new vehicles, specifically those that are repaired under warranty. Even if your vehicle’s warranty has expired, you may still be covered by the lemon law if you sought repairs while it was still under warranty.

For your vehicle to qualify, the defect or defects must significantly impair its use, value, or safety. It is unnecessary to demonstrate that the vehicle has been in for repairs for the same defect; it may have multiple issues. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, there’s a strong likelihood that your Chrysler may be classified as a lemon:

  • The warranty covered the Chrysler, or it was covered when the problem initially arose.
  • The problem adversely affects the vehicle’s value, safety, or use.
  • You have provided the manufacturer or distributor with at least two vehicle repair opportunities.
  • The problem remains unresolved.

What Defects in Chrysler Vehicles Can Warrant a Lemon Law Claim

Defects in Chrysler vehicles that can potentially warrant a lemon law claim in California substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety. These defects must occur within the warranty period, and at least some of the repair visits must have occurred under warranty. Here are some examples of defects that may qualify for a lemon law claim:

  • Engine issues
  • Transmission problems
  • Electrical system failures
  • Brake malfunctions
  • Navigation, Radio, and Bluetooth malfunctions
  • Battery defects
  • Steering and suspension issues
  • Air condition, heater, and HVAC defects
  • Persistent fluid leaks
  • Structural defects
  • Persistent noise or vibration issues

You need an experienced Neale & Fhima California Chrysler lemon lawyer to handle your lemon law case. Contact Neale & Fhima at 888-407-2955 to schedule a free phone, video meeting, or in-person consultation.

How Can We Help with Your Lemon Law Case

At Neale & Fhima, we can help you with your lemon law case in more ways than one. Here is how we can help;

1. Comprehensive Case Evaluation

One of the initial steps in any lemon law case is to assess the viability of the claim. We provide a thorough case evaluation, examining the details of your situation to determine if it meets the criteria for a lemon law claim under California law. We will review documentation, such as repair records and correspondence with the manufacturer, to establish the strength of your case.

2. Filing a Lawsuit

We will not hesitate to take your case to court. Our experienced litigators will fight vigorously to secure the compensation you deserve.

3. Aggressive Representation

When pursuing a lemon law claim, it is essential to have a legal team that is not afraid to take on large automotive manufacturers. We are known for our assertive approach to representing clients, ensuring your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Our attorneys are prepared to litigate, if necessary, seeking maximum compensation for their clients.

4. Strong Negotiation Skills

Our attorneys are skilled at engaging with manufacturers and their legal representatives to secure favorable settlements for our clients. This approach can often lead to a quicker resolution, saving clients time and stress.

How Does the Chrysler Lemon Law Buyback Process Work?

If you can demonstrate that your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will be obligated to either replace your defective vehicle with a new one or repurchase it from you. Additionally, Chrysler must reimburse you for all the associated costs incurred during multiple repair attempts, including expenses like towing and rental vehicles or repair expenses. In certain situations where the manufacturer intentionally violated the law by failing to repurchase or replace the car, they may be compelled to pay civil penalties amounting to up to twice your actual damages. They will also cover your attorney’s fees and other legal costs.

Chrysler Lemon Law FAQs

Is there a time limit to file a Chrysler lemon law claim? 

In California, consumers have a four-year window, from the time you knew or should have known that your vehicle was a lemon, to pursue Chrysler lemon law settlements once the vehicle meets the state’s eligibility criteria.

It is recommended that you initiate the Chrysler lemon law claims process quickly. The strength of your case may reduce the longer you delay. For instance, waiting for months (or years) after the vehicle meets Chrysler lemon law qualifications could suggest that the defect was not deemed “substantial” — which the manufacturer may use to reject your claim.

Can I seek a Chrysler lemon law buyback for a used vehicle?

In California, consumers can pursue Chrysler lemon law claims for used vehicles. Dealerships often offer vehicles with dealer warranties, typically covering at least 30 days or until the odometer reaches 1,000 miles. If your used Chrysler meets the criteria outlined in California’s lemon law within the dealer warranty terms, it can be addressed like a new vehicle.

What happens if I bought my Chrysler “as is”?

Sold ‘as is’ clauses indicate that the vehicle is sold without any existing warranty, placing full responsibility on the buyer for any defects. This type of agreement is commonly used in private car sales. In contrast, dealerships are obligated to clearly state whether the vehicle is sold with a dealer warranty or under an ‘as is’ agreement on the buyer’s guide. Even if he vehicle is sold “as is” in certain circumstances you may have rights.

What happens if there is no indication of a dealer warranty or “as is” agreement?

If the dealership does not explicitly mention a warranty or “as is” agreement on the buyer’s guide, the vehicle will be subject to an implied warranty of merchantability. In California, these are implicit assurances that the vehicle is suitable for its intended purpose and includes the fundamental components of the vehicle. Typically, these warranties are valid for a period ranging from 30 days up to a year.

Contact a California Chrysler Lemon Law Attorney Today

If you are dealing with a lemon vehicle in California, Neale & Fhima is a trusted ally in your pursuit of justice. With a team of experienced attorneys and a proven track record, we are well-equipped to handle your lemon law case. Contact Neale & Fhima today to schedule a free consultation at 888-407-2955 and take the first step towards securing the compensation you deserve.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima, California attorneyAaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]