Ford pickups and sedans have a reputation for being rugged and reliable, but what happens if you buy a Ford that has chronic mechanical problems? An experienced Ford lemon law attorney has your back. Under California’s Lemon Law, you may have a legal remedy that includes repurchase or replacement by Ford Motor Company.
A surprising number of new cars, trucks and SUVs roll off the assembly line with significant defects. Whether this is because of poor design or poor workmanship is anybody’s guess. Some of the vehicle flaws can pose serious safety risks, and all of them cause major frustration for owners.
It’s just plain no fun when your Ford Escape, Mustang, Taurus, Ranger or F-150 turns out to be a clunker. You were so excited when you went to the dealership to pick out your vehicle, and now it’s just one big headache. Fortunately, there is a solution.
Is Your Ford a Lemon?
A “lemon” is a car, SUV, truck or other vehicle that has problems that require constant attention from a mechanic or devalue the vehicle. Whether it’s a cracked axle, a defective drive train, electrical problems, faulty brakes or a wide range of other problems, these vehicles never function correctly even after repeated repairs. To find out if you have a Lemon Law claim, check to see whether your new vehicle is still under the original Ford Motor Company warranty. If it is, you likely have a claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties to have a Lemon Law claim. These warranties are listed below along with detailed descriptions. Either way, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your new vehicle repaired before being eligible to initiate a Ford lemon law claim.
The Ford lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are here to help. We have a long success record of winning lemon law cases for our clients. For a free initial consultation about your situation, call us at (949) 661-1007.
What Remedies Can a Ford Lemon Law Attorney Pursue?
You’re in luck – California has one of the most comprehensive lemon laws in the nation. Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective vehicle, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at the manufacturer’s cost. If you can establish that you have a lemon, your options are 1) to have Ford repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with Ford. Find out more in: What to Do if You Have a Lemon.
The Lemon Law in California stipulates that your vehicle must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by Ford Motor Company’s original warranty. Nonconformities reduce the use, value or safety of the vehicle. A skilled and experienced Ford lemon law lawyer can explain the ins and outs of nonconformities in greater detail and help determine whether you have a case.
One of the Ford lemon law attorneys at our firm can do this on your behalf. At Neale & Fhima, we pride ourselves on creating legal strategies that give our clients the best possible chance to succeed with their legal claims.
To prevail in a Ford lemon law claim, you will have to show that you made “reasonable attempts” to have the problem repaired, and you can do this by saving all receipts, work orders and used parts from each one of your repair appointments. California law does not define “reasonable attempts” with precision, but there are guidelines that help determine this that a Ford lemon law attorney can explain to you.
The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law is four years, but you don’t want to wait that long. If you have purchased or leased a lemon, take action today. Start collecting copies of your repair bills, your warranty if you have one and any defective parts removed during repairs. Then call a Ford lemon law lawyer at Neale & Fhima at (949) 661-1007.
What About Ford Lemon Law and Used Cars?
Some used cars are covered under California’s Lemon Law depending on whether you have one of three specific warranties. These include:
Transferred New Car Warranty
As a buyer of a recent model used car, you very likely have a copy of the Ford new car warranty. When a titled Ford is sold to a new owner and the Ford is still under its original warranty period, the warranty protections transfer to you for the duration of that period.
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
A “Certified Pre-Owned” Ford has more protections than typical used cars. Only authorized dealerships can sell CPOs, so if you bought your Ford elsewhere you likely do not have this type of warranty. Certified Pre-Owned means that these Ford used vehicles have been repaired, inspected and resold by Ford, and therefore they come with a CPO Ford Motor Company warranty.
Lemon Law Buyback Warranty
If you buy a used Ford that was once a lemon (but the Ford Motor Company repaired it and resold it), then you should have received a “lemon law buyback warranty.” Ford and other manufacturers are required by law to provide new owners of these buyback lemons with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty covering the lemon’s defect. Our attorneys will be able to assist in determining if your vehicle is covered under any or these warranties.
Call a Ford Lemon Law Attorney Today
Our Ford lemon law attorneys are some of the best and the brightest out there. We’ve taken many of these cases to court and won. Neale & Fhima has a 99% success rate on behalf of its clients. We are committed to client service and satisfaction. Our lemon law attorneys are exactly what you need if you’ve bought a lemon. Call us today at (949) 661-1007 for a free initial consultation about your claim. We’re ready to get started, and you can rely on us.